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The PLATO Mission

Heras, Ana and Rauer, H (2022) The PLATO Mission. 44th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, 16-24 July, 2022, Athen, Griechenland.

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PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is ESA's M3 mission and designed to detect and characterize extrasolar planets by high-precision, long-term photometric and asteroseismic monitoring of a large number of stars. PLATO will detect small planets around bright stars, including terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of solar-like stars. Planets will be characterized for their radius, mass, and age with high accuracy. PLATO will provide us the first large-scale catalogue of well-characterized small planets up to intermediate orbital periods, relevant for a meaningful comparison to planet formation theories. It will make possible comparative exoplanetology to place our solar system planets in a broader context. PLATO will study host stars using asteroseismology, allowing us to determine the stellar properties with high accuracy and substantially enhance our knowledge of stellar structure and evolution. PLATO is scheduled for a launch date end 2026. Following the successful Critical Milestone Review, ESA has given green light to continue the implementation of the spacecraft and the payload, which includes the serial production of its 26 cameras. This talk will present an overview of the PLATO science goals, of its instrument and mission profile status, and of its expected performances.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/190153/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The PLATO Mission
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Heras, AnaEuropean Space Agency (Netherlands)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:PLATO, M3 mission, extrasolar planets
Event Title:44th COSPAR Scientific Assembly
Event Location:Athen, Griechenland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:16-24 July, 2022
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 - PLATO: F-FEE
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Deposited By: Schwarz, Sandra
Deposited On:18 Nov 2022 10:48
Last Modified:18 Nov 2022 10:48

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