The Ariel mission to study the composition of exoplanets is one of a number of exploratory missions at the ESA

The European Space Agency announced this week that its next science mission will be a space telescope to study the composition of planets around other stars.

The Atmospheric Remote‐sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large‐survey mission (Ariel) was chosen as part of the Cosmic Vision programme to explore themes such as “What are the conditions for planet formation and the emergence of life?”

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