CHEOPS has been scanning the sky for more than 1000 days, the Swiss space telescope has made around fifty discoveries.
They saw the CHEOPS telescope take off. It has therefore now been in orbit around the Earth for more than a thousand days. This telescope has made more than fifty discoveries. The scientists involved are meeting this week for the first time physically in Padua, Italy to take stock of the mission and its future.
CHEOPS, 1000 days in space revealing wonders
After 1000 days in orbit around the Earth, which it will celebrate this Tuesday, September 13, the CHEOPS space telescope shows practically no signs of wear. Under these conditions, it could continue to reveal the fascinating details of many exoplanets for several years.
CHEOPS is a joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Switzerland, under the aegis of the University of Bern (UNIBE) in collaboration with the University of Geneva (UNIGE). Since its launch at the Guiana Space Center on December 18, 2019, the telescope has demonstrated its functionality and accuracy beyond expectations. It has revealed the characteristics of many planets outside our solar system, becoming a key instrument for astronomers in Europe and around the world. In more than a million minutes of observation, CHEOPS has studied exoplanets from all angles: their night side, as they pass in front of their stars, their day side as they pass behind their stars, and all their intermediate phases. , similar to those of the Moon.