Preparing CHEOPS Telescope On Space – an eye on space activity
The space telescope CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) has left a clean room in Switzerland. This is where it was assembled and tested, and is on its way to Madrid for further launch preparations. The telescope will study hundreds of known exoplanets using the transit method. It measures the dip in light as a planet transits its parent star.
CHEOPS will herald a new era of discovery. Its precision measurements will give more detailed information. Mainly about a planet’s structure, atmosphere and surface temperature. It was built at the University of Bern. The mission is a partnership between ESA and Switzerland. Additional contributions came from Austria, Belgium, France. Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal. Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Integration and testing of the CHEOPS spacecraft is ongoing. The project is on track to reach flight readiness by the end of 2018.
CHEOPS can provide answers to what Scientists want to know. They want to know what the planets are made of. Also how hot they are. Scientists want to know the surface temperature and if there is water.
The aim: not to discover new planets but go back to ones that are known. Also research if life exists.
Its function in space will provide valuable data for scientists back on earth. Is this your sort of space venture?
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