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China's Dark Matter-Hunting Satellite Starts Sending Back Data

29/12/2015 12:02 GMT | Updated 04/01/2016 16:59 GMT

In the never ending struggle to prove that dark matter is in fact real, one country could be about to solve the mystery once and for all: China.

The country launched its Dark Matter Particle Explore (DAMPE) satellite on December 17 and has finally started sending back information.

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Considering we can see just 4.9 per cent of the particles which make up the universe, dark matter is something of an awkward conundrum for science.

It makes up a massive 26 per cent of the universe and yet we have little to no confirmation that it in fact exists.

To combat this, DAMPE will carry out a three-year mission during which it will detect gamma rays, electrons, and cosmic rays. China isn't the only country to be doing this kind of search, there's a similar instrument aboard the International Space Station however it's believed that DAMPE's more up-to-date equipment will have a better chance of providing the results that everyone's been waiting for.