PLATO The Planet Hunting Mission Has Been Selected By The ESA

PLATO The Planet Hunting Mission Has Been Selected By The ESA

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PLATO stands for Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars. This space based telescope has been selected by the ESA. It will look for planets orbiting distant stars particularly looking for Earth and Super-Earths in the habitable zone of its parent star. The space based telescope will have 34 telescopes onboard and will hope to answer the questions about what conditions are needed for planets to form and host life, along with questions on how the Solar System works. The mission is due to launch in 2024 and last six years. The spacecraft will orbit L2, a point in space 1.5 million km away from Earth.


To learn more:


http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/ESA_selects_planet-hunting_PLATO_mission


Image credit: ESA–C. Carreau

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