The European Space Agency (ESA) has secured the launch of “Smile” on a Vega-C from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, currently expected for late 2025. Smile is a collaboration between ESA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Standing for “Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer”, its goal is to enable a better understanding of the interaction between the Sun and Earth. The launch is a major European contribution to the mission.

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