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The PLATO mission

Rauer, H. (2021) The PLATO mission. A high-energy view of exoplanets and their environments, 24.-28. Mai 2021, Madrid, Spain remote.

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Abstract

PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is theM3 mission of the European SpaceAgency (ESA) and designed to detect and characterize extrasolar planets. PLATO will providesmall planets around bright stars, including terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of solar-likestars. PLATO will characterize these planets for their radius, mass, and age with high accuracy.PLATO is currently scheduled for a launch date end 2026. Its payload consists of 26 cameraswith 12cm aperture each. For at least four years, the missionwill perform high-precision, long-termphotometric and asteroseismic monitoring of a large numberof stars to detect extrasolar planetsand derive their radii and ages. The satellite data are complemented by a ground-based observingprogram to derive the planetary masses.The missions catalogue of well-characterized small planets at intermediate orbital periods willbe an important constraint to planet formation theories andwill provide targets for future spec-troscopy follow-up observations to characterize planetary atmospheres. These data will be a signif-icant step forward to address the key questions on how planets form and evolve and how frequentrocky planets suitable for the development of life have formed in our milky way.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142505/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The PLATO mission
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Rauer, H.Heike.Rauer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:28 May 2021
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:PLATO, exoplanets
Event Title:A high-energy view of exoplanets and their environments
Event Location:Madrid, Spain remote
Event Type:Workshop
Event Dates:24.-28. Mai 2021
Organizer:ESA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project PLATO - PMC and Science
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Deposited By: Przewosnik, Sarah
Deposited On:31 May 2021 12:20
Last Modified:31 May 2021 12:20

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