Search for habitable exoplanets included in China's upcoming space missions
The Chinese Academy of Sciences has selected candidates for its next round of space missions, which are projected to launch between 2026 and 2030.
Candidates have been chosen by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for the upcoming cycle of space missions, which are scheduled to launch between 2026 and 2030.
It is anticipated that five to seven of the 13 proposed missions will be chosen for launch, according to SpaceNews.
The new flights will be a part of the New Horizons Program, a project under CAS's third Strategic Priority Program (SPP III)
which is unrelated to NASA's New Horizons mission. On June 28, 2022, an article detailing each of the 13 candidates was released in the Chinese Journal of Space Science.
Three of the proposed missions will conduct astrophysics and astronomy research:
The Enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry, or eXTP mission, aims to "study the state of matter under extreme conditions of density
gravity and magnetism" and search for gravitational wave and neutrino sources.
A small constellation of satellites would be sent into lunar orbit as part of the Discovering the Sky at the Longest Wavelength (DSL) project so they could research
research as yet unexplored regions of the electromagnetic spectrum that may contain signals from the universe's earliest epochs.
The DAMPE-2 mission would be a follow-up to the DAMPE mission, which was launched in 2015, and would look for signs of dark matter.
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