ESA Science & Technology - CoRoT
CoRoT (Convection, Rotation and planetary Transits) was the first space mission dedicated to exoplanetary research and designed for this purpose. The spacecraft was equipped with a 27 cm-diameter afocal telescope and a 4-CCD wide-field camera, built around the PROTEUS spacecraft bus, and operated in a low-Earth orbit (LEO) at an altitude of ~900 km (polar). Launched in December 2006 the mission had a nominal lifetime of 2.5 years. After two mission extensions and 6 years of science operations the instrument stopped working in November 2012. The mission concluded in June 2014 when the spacecraft was de-orbited. The project was led by CNES, with contributions from ESA, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Brazil.
CoRoT's new detections highlight diversity of exoplanets
14 June 2011CoRoT's detection of ten new exoplanets, including a system of two Neptune-like objects, reveal a diverse population of planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun.