Planetary systems and us
6 October 1995, the 1st extrasolar planet was discovered.
10 years later almost to the day, European researchers1 detected the 160th known exoplanet, a large “hot Jupiter” designated HD18733b.
But in the years ahead, spaceborne telescopes are set to peer closer and deeper into the Cosmos in search of much smaller planets.
Corot ready to hunt for extrasolar planets
The satellite will observe some 120 000 stars during its 2-and-a-half-year mission.
The Corot satellite is currently undergoing final environmental testing at Intespace in Toulouse, France.
Once testing is completed, the flight instrument will be integrated on the Proteus spacecraft bus.
Satellite launch is slated for early autumn 2006 atop a Soyuz vehicle.
European researchers1 : Astronomers at the LAM astrophysics laboratory in Marseille (CNRS), the Haute Provence Observatory (OHP), the Marseille Provence Astronomy Observatory and the Geneva University Observatory.
Corot 2 : COnvection, ROtation and planetary Transits, a joint programme developed by CNES, CNRS, the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory (OMP), Esa, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany and Spain.