UK-led space telescope to detect what exoplanets are made of

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The European Space Agency has approved what is described as the world’s first space telescope dedicated to studying how exoplanet atmospheres form and evolve. And UK institutions will play a central role. It is dubbed the Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey, or Ariel. Following government funding, UK research institutions – including UCL, the Science and …

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