CHEOPS is being prepared for launch
Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency describes the CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) mission, which is aimed at measuring many of the known exoplanets with ultrahigh precision.
CHEOPS data will be combined with existing data to determine the density of these planets and to provide some indication of their structure and composition.
Exoplanets range from rocky and hot to gassy, and the scientists are particularly interested in those planets that are in the super-Earth to Neptune size range.
Scientists at the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland will be processing the data from CHEOPS, which is being prepared for launch later this year.
Video Credit: European Space Agency