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Liftoff for CHEOPS

Liftoff for CHEOPS


Date: 18 December 2019
Satellite: CHEOPS
Depicts: Launch
Location: Kourou, French Guiana
Copyright: ESA - S. Corvaja

ESA's Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, CHEOPS, lifts off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The Soyuz-Fregat launcher will also deliver the Italian space agency's Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation satellite, and three CubeSats – including ESA's OPS-SAT – into space today.

CHEOPS is ESA's first mission dedicated to the study of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets. It will observe bright stars that are already known to host planets, measuring minuscule brightness changes due to the planet's transit across the star's disc.

Last Update: 18 December 2019
23-Oct-2020 03:32 UT

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