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The CoRoT mission - first results, successes and the future

Fridlund, M (ESA/ESTeC)
Thursday 20 August 2009, 15:30-15:50

Meeting Room 2, CMS


The CoRoT mission was launched into space on the 27:th of December of 2006 and have carried out scientific measurements since mid-February of 2007. Over 45 000 light curves with lengths of between 22 and 155 days have been obtained with a dutycycle of over 95% have been obtained and a large number are already to be found on the public server of the CoRoT mission. So far 12 planets have been discovered and further studied (of which for 7 the first results have been published). Several of these objects have very interesting characteristics. The most spectacular find is designated 7b and is the first proven terrestrial type ('rocky') planet found outside the solar system. This is because we have measured both a very precise radius as well as a well determined mass, proving that its average density is similar to the 'rocky'worlds found in our own system. As such this planet form the beginning of the study of worlds like our own in the Galaxy, as well as being the kind of object that the CoRoT mission was designed to find. Nevertheless, literally hundreds of exo-planetary candidates have been found and new ones are being added to the list for follow-up observations on almost a daily basis. The talk will discuss the confirmed planets, CoRoT-7b in particular and give a hint of things to come

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