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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

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The project main steps

Timeline

CoRoT spacecraft mission lasted 2136 days

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 makes 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.


Latest Update 28/03/2014
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NEWS
03/2014
New animations presenting CoRoT mission
01/2014
CoRoT: collision evading and decommissioning
12/2013
The universal nature of stellar granulation unveiled
08/2013
Pulsating star sheds light on exoplanet
06/2013
Mission accomplished for CoRoT satellite
01/2013
Mission still interrupted
11/2012
Interruption of the mission
02/2012
Be stars have a larger core than predicted
02/2012
5th anniversary for CoRoT...
12/2011
A Christmas tree for CoRoT...
28/10/2011
CoRoT and asteroseismology: Watching the pulsations of the heart of the stars
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