Europe’s ‘dark universe’ telescope returns first images of deep space

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Europe’s new space telescope Euclid has returned its first sparkling images of deep space, in a “tantalising glimpse” of what is to come. 

The images are not only mesmerising, but they also show that all the telescope’s instruments are running smoothly. This must come as a major relief to scientists at the European Space Agency, who have spent €‎1.4bn over the last 16 years developing the telescope.  

Euclid was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on 1 July and has almost arrived at its destination — a vantage point known as the Second Lagrange Point, located about 1.5 million km from Earth. The super-telescope James Webb also occupies this spot.

A 3D render of the Euclid space telescope