The space telescope "Cheops" is going to search for alien life

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the Space telescope “Cheops”

When, about two decades ago opened the first exoplanet, space agencies around the world launched a real “arms race”, competing among themselves in making high quality equipment to discover new unexplored worlds. As the portal , the European space Agency (ESA) just launched into orbit, the new telescope for the detection and analysis of exoplanets. What exactly should we expect from the new space Explorer?

Why do we need a telescope “Cheops”?

After a one-day delay because of the incident with the launch, the satellite Cheops (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) was launched into orbit on Wednesday, December 18, from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana aboard a rocket «Soyuz-Fregat». Mission Cheops — it is a joint initiative of ESA and the Swiss space Agency, which will parse — super-earths, whose sizes range between Earth and Neptune, measuring slight changes in the brightness of a particular star when planets pass by.

The Unique task will be performed in Earth orbit at an altitude of 700 km with one tool — photometer (device for measuring light intensity) that runs on the telescope with an aperture of 30 centimeters. It is known that currently CHEOPS weighs about 273 pounds and will work on heliosynchronous orbit about 800 kilometers, spending their first experiments. Sverkhvysokie photometric observations of bright stars will allow to know the exact size and weight, which will allow scientists to determine their density. Thus, in the very near future we will be able to obtain information about the composition of exoplanets, their origin and evolution.

the Development of the telescope “Cheops”

Cheops, the first ESA satellite dedicated to , which will pave the way for the creation of more sophisticated missions in the next decade, thereby strengthening European leadership in the study of exoplanets. In order to raise interest in the development of astrophysics, the space telescope carries on-Board two titanium plates, which depicted 3000 miniatures, drawn by European children. In addition, in order to ensure continuous communication between researchers from the Earth and the satellite, the coordination of the facility will occur from several stations: in addition to the ground stations of INTA-torrejón and Villafranca, you will use the Kiruna station in Sweden and the Troll in Norway.

Currently, the spacecraft is under an introductory work for further use, after checking the ESA basic operations of the satellite, and the calibration and establish good communication with the ground segment, the mission “Cheops” will finally begin to fulfill its unique mission.

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