In Europe, the construction of the hunter for exoplanets, "Plato"

ESA develops the PLATO mission, which will be to find and study planets outside our solar system, will deal with the German OHB System AG. The project comes into full industrial phase. This was stated at the 69th International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, where the contract was signed. The new satellite will orbit in 2026. The contract specifies items such as satellite delivery, including the testing phase before the launch, support during the start-up phase of the campaign, and manage in orbit.

In Europe, the construction of the hunter for exoplanets,

PLATO, or PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars misson ( "mission of planetary transits and oscillations of stars"), will be launched in 2026 to search for and study ekzosolnechnyh planetary system (exoplanets) with special emphasis on solid planets around stars like the sun, and within the habitable zones - that is, the distance from a star where liquid water may be on the surface of the planet.

"Plato" will search for exoplanets

"Is there in the universe a second Earth? This is one of the most interesting questions of modern astrophysics, "said Johann-Dietrich Werner, Director General of ESA. "With our satellite PLATO, we focus on Earth-like planets, which revolve in a potentially habitable zone around other stars similar to our sun. This is an important step in the search for another Earth's direction. "

"PLATO - ekzoplanetarnaya is a new generation of mission that will monitor the thousands of bright stars on a large area of ​​the sky in search of tiny, repetitive dimming the brightness caused by passing planets," says Ana Heras, ESA project scientist PLATO.

"Because the planet is blocked only a small portion of the light emitted from the parent star, this task will require highly accurate, long-term photometric observations."

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