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ESA’s CHEOPS Planet-Hunting Satellite Blasts Off After Technical Glitch Causes Delay

A European rocket-stricken satellite left Earth one day on Wednesday following a delay in its lift-off due to a technical rocket error during the final count.

The 30 cm (12 inch) telescope is designed to measure the density, structure and size of numerous planets beyond the so-called Expo Lent, far beyond our solar system.


According to the European Space Agency (ESA), the CHOPS will observe bright stars that were already orbiting the planets.

The mission “represents a way to better understand the astronomical nature of all those strange planets that we have discovered and which have no relevance in our solar system,” said Nobel Physics Awardee Dederez Quillos of 2019 on Tuesday. Told AFP.

Twenty-four years ago, Quillos and his partner, Michelle Meyer, identified the first name, called “51 Pegasi B.”

The satellite departed Europe at LaunchPad at 0854 GMT in the French Guiana city of Coro, according to live footage broadcast by the launch company Aerospace.

This was the third launch this year for the Russian-made Suez rocket.

On Tuesday, the automatic last count of the launcher interrupted 1 hour 25 minutes, which was described as “irregularities” in the launch setup.

‘Magical moment’
According to the EESA’s website, CHIPPS “will focus on planets in size from Neptune to Super Earth, with the data that the planet’s multi-density can achieve.” Is the first step towards understanding. ”

Scientists today estimate that there are at least as many galaxies as there are stars – about 100 billion.

“We want to go beyond the statistics and study them in detail,” mission chief David Ehrenreich told AFP ahead of Wednesday’s launch.

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CHIPPS, which features Explolant satellite, will try to better understand what these planets are made of.

An important step in the long struggle to unravel the conditions required for extraterrestrial life, is to unlock the origins of our own planet.

The satellite will orbit 700 kilometers (435 miles) of Earth, studying rocks that orbit stars for many more years.

Genther Hessinger, ESA’s science director, told AFP on Tuesday that the purpose is to “create a family picture of exoplanets.”

Nobel laureate Quillos said CHEPS was unlikely to solve the astronomical solution – is there life on other planets?

“However, to understand the origin of life, we need to understand the geophysics of these planets,” he said.

“It’s like we’re taking the first step up a big ladder.”

He added that the mission will allow experts to measure the amount of light reflected from the planets, which will allow them to discover new insights about their environment or surface.

“The launch is an important moment, an emotional step, but for us the real magic moment will be when the first results come out,” said Quillos.

According to the ESA, it should be several months after the satellite launches.

The launcher also includes a COSMO-SkyMed second-generation satellite for the Italian space agency, and three smaller payloads – a nano-satellite from the Italian company Tuc and two from the French space agency.


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