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PLATO

(Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars, PLATO 2.0)
(planned observatory-satellite aimed at finding exoplanets)

PLATO (for Planetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars) is an European Space Agency spacecraft in planning aimed at finding extra-solar planets. It is aimed at relatively bright stars (magnitudes 4-11), that will support informative follow-up studies. It will identify extrasolar planets by spotting transits and radial velocity variations, and transit timing variations. Plans are to launch in 2026.

A 2014 update to the plan was called PLATO 2.0, which specifically aims at terrestrial planets around Sun-like stars in the habitable zone.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PLATO_(spacecraft)
http://sci.esa.int/plato/42276-summary/

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