NASA to Cover ‘Dark Universe’ Mission Launch


Image: This artist’s concept shows the ESA (European Space Agency) Euclid mission in space. Credits: ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

The ESA (European Space Agency) and SpaceX are targeting no earlier than 11:11 a.m. EDT Saturday, July 1, to launch the Euclid spacecraft. Euclid is an ESA mission with contributions from NASA that will shed light on the nature of dark matter and dark energy, two of th e biggest modern mysteries about the universe.

Liftoff will be from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. NASA is contributing to the Euclid mission by delivering critical hardware for one of the spacecraft’s instruments, providing science team funding, and establishing a U.S.-based Euclid data processing center. Experts from NASA who are participating in Euclid are available for interviews upon request.

Live launch coverage from ESA will air on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website starting July 1, at 10:30 a.m. Follow online at:

Media can contact for questions about local launch coverage in Florida.

Follow NASA social media accounts and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory social media accounts for mission updates.


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