NEW YORK, BRONX (ORDO News) — The ARRAKIHS astronomical consortium has reached an important milestone towards unlocking the mysteries of dark matter.
The ARRAKIHS space project, under the auspices of the European Space Agency (ESA), has passed the project’s mission definition review, an important milestone towards full mission completion. The launch of the satellite is scheduled for 2030.
The universe, at first glance, appears to be filled only with stars and galaxies, but dark matter, which makes up almost a third of space, remains invisible and mysterious. According to Einstein’s theory, 27% is dark matter, 68% is dark energy, and only 5% is traditional matter.
ARRAKIHS aims to search for faint structures key to understanding dark matter. This is the F-mission, as ESA calls it, meaning “fast.” This satellite plans to study galactic halos in 75 different galaxies, opening doors to the dark corners of space.
At the end of the “phase zero” of the project in September, ARRAKIHS received the green light to move on to the next stages of the study. Using cutting-edge technology, the researchers plan to observe each galaxy for 150 hours, revealing the structure and features of their halos.
This mission will not only help understand dark matter, but will also provide a springboard for advances in imaging, galaxy evolution, and numerical modeling.
Over the next two and a half years, ESA and the astronomy consortium will work closely together, joining forces with other leaders in the aerospace industry.
The ARRAKIHS mission is designed to explore the deepest reaches of space and answer questions that have remained unanswered for many years.
News agencies contributed to this report, edited and published by ORDO News editors.
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