The CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite (CHEOPS) mission took off atop a Russian Soyuz rocket.
The telescope lifted off atop a Soyuz rocket from Europe's launchpad in Kourou, French Guiana. The highly-anticipated James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in the early 2020s, will be one of several crafts joining the search. The Soyuz rocket that delivered it also carried a series of other payloads, including additional science and research satellites for use by ESA, the French national space agency and more. "We want to go beyond statistics and study them in detail", mission chief David Ehrenreich had told AFP ahead of Wednesday's launch.
It is the principle mission devoted to discovering out intellectual, nearby stars which will likely be already acknowledged to host exoplanets. In 2012 the ESA selected CHEOPS, based on that initial design, as its first small-class (or S-class) mission, a type of smaller-scale program meant to promote innovation and education.
CHEOPS is the result of a collaboration between 11 member countries within the ESA, with Switzerland taking the lead on the project.
It is expected that more than four hours will pass between the takeoff and the separation of the satellites.
Three varied satellites integrated one which goals to survey zodiacal gentle and image the Milky System, officers talked about.
There is a new space telescope orbiting Earth today, and it has a very specific mission: to examine distant planets for their habitability.
Like other space telescopes, CHEOPS will watch for tiny dips in stars' brightness that are caused by planets passing in front of them - called transits.
1000's of exoplanets have been found within the final three a long time by floor-based scientists like Didier Queloz and Michel Mayor, of the College of Geneva, who had been awarded the Nobel Prize this year, and by planet-looking satellites like NASA's Kepler and TESS, in addition to E.S.A.'s Corot. This is the first time the ESA has launched a mission dedicated to these planets. "It's all about our place in the universe and trying to understand it".
A 30cm telescope aboard has been created to measure the density, composition, and size of numerous exoplanets, which orbit stars beyond our solar system.
'We all know nothing, with the exception of that they're there, ' he talked about. Queloz added that the telescope may need one orbit or 100 minutes for one exoplanet and possibly 50 orbits or five days for another exoplanet, depending on its size.