Bright “exoplanetary” future for the University of Geneva

The European Space Agency (ESA) has given a big boost to the “quest for other worlds in the cosmos” by giving simultaneously green light to the industrial implementation of the CHEOPS satellite developed under Swiss leadership and whose data ground-segment processing will be carried out in Geneva, and the new European M-class space mission PLATO. The latter, in which exoplanet researchers from Geneva are actively involved, has been selected just two months after the selection by the Swiss Federal Council of the National Center for Competence in Research (NCCR) “PlanetS” including the University of Geneva as co-leading house. These three concurrent decisions illustrate vividly the role played by Switzerland and Geneva in particular in the field of the search and characterization of exoplanetary systems.

See here for more information on this press release (document in French)

Websites:
CHEOPS: http://cheops.unibe.ch/
NCCR: http://adonis.unibe.ch/planets/
PLATO: http://www.oact.inaf.it/plato/PPLC/Home.html

Credit: C. Carreau (ESA)

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