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COnvection, ROtation
& planetary Transits
CHARACTERISTICS
Mini-satellite from the CNES PROTEUS series
Afocal telescope equipped with 4 CCDs
Stellar seismology and search for extrasolar planets
Polar circular orbit,
altitude 896 km
 

The project main steps

Timeline

After in orbit, the COROT spacecraft
is in good health and performs very well.

The COROT space telescope is a mission of astronomy led by CNES in association with French laboratories (CNRS) and with several international partners (European countries, Brazil).
 

The spacecraft, belonging to the Proteus series, is equipped with a 27-cm diameter afocal telescope and a 4-CCD camera sensitive to tiny variations of the light intensity from stars.
 

The COROT instrument will make it possible, with a method called stellar seismology, to probe the inner structure of the stars, as well as to detect many extrasolar planets, by observing the periodic micro-eclipses occurring when these bodies transit in front of their parent star.
 

 
Understand the COROT mission objectives viewing an animation
 

By its high photometric performances and its observing runs covering five months without interruption, the COROT experiment aims to be a pioneer mission in the discovery of telluric extrasolar planets, bodies with properties comparable to those of the rocky planets of the solar system. Its launch was successful on december 27th, 2006.
 


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NEWS
02-05/02/2009
1st international symposium dedicated to the scientific results of CoRoT ...
11/2008
CoRoT detects oscillations in 3 distant stars ...
10/2008
CoRoT discovers a new stellar oddity ...
10/2008
International Doctorate School dedicated to CoRoT ...
07/2008
The latest scientific results of CoRoT ...
05/2008
Communiqué from the CoRoT Team
12/2007
CoRoT one year after launch

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