PARIS — A dark energy mission, an extrasolar planet finder and a solar probe remain in contention for the medium-sized mission portion of Europe’s Cosmic Vision 2015-25 science program. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) science program committee (SPC) on Feb. 18 picked the three so-called M-Missions from six candidates downselected in 2008 from among 52 initial proposals, for launch in 2017-19. The missions are Euclid, which would map the distribution of galaxies to reveal the nature of ...

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