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Artist's impression of PLATO

Artist's impression of PLATO

Date: 21 November 2019
Satellite: PLATO
Copyright: ESA/ATG medialab

Artist's impression of ESA's PLATO spacecraft.

PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) is the third medium-class mission in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme. Its objective is to find and study a large number of extrasolar planetary systems, with emphasis on the properties of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone around solar-like stars. PLATO has also been designed to investigate seismic activity in stars, enabling the precise characterisation of the planet's host star, including its age.

Last Update: 21 November 2019
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