Searching for exoplanetary systems

Searching for exoplanetary systems

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19/02/2014 8:14 am

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ESA–C. Carreau

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The PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission will identify and study thousands of exoplanetary systems, with an emphasis on discovering and characterising Earth-sized planets and super-Earths. It will also investigate seismic activity in stars, enabling a precise characterisation of the host sun of each planet discovered, including its mass, radius and age.

Plato is ESA’s third medium-class science mission and is planned for launch by 2026.

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