On Saturday July 1, the Euclid satellite will be launched at 5:11 pm (Marseille time) and propelled towards its trajectory to reach the Lagrange L2 point one month later. Lift-off will take place from Cape Canaveral, aboard the SpaceX/Falcon 9 rocket. After ten years of development in which the LAM has played a leading role, as prime contractor for one of the two instruments, the NISP, this is a key phase in the project. You can find out more about this instrument on the project’s dedicated web page: https://www.lam.fr/projets/euclid-nisp/
Work on Euclid at the LAM is not yet finished. We will continue to work on data processing, and finally in a few months’ time on scientific analysis. Euclid will map the distribution of galaxies on large scales, giving us crucial new information on dark matter and dark energy in the universe.
You can follow the event live on several of the sites listed below.
SPACE X (English):
Space X broadcast: https://www.spacelaunchschedule.com/launch/falcon-9-block-5-euclid/
ESA (English only):
ESA broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zcmH5aESHo
CNES/CNRS with the Stardust channel (in French)
Stardust : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxczLEzzKrE