Space

Developers of a pioneer Exoplanet Satellite collect the first-ever data that identifies planets with extreme environments

Natural resources on planet Earth continue to shrink from over-utilization by overpopulation. Rapid industrialization and increasing need for settlement areas continue to demand more than what mother nature can offer. Despite measures set to regulate the disposal of industrial refuse and byproduct gases, the environment is still under threat. Nations continue to endorse environmental conservation initiatives, but there is always more that needs attention. Otherwise, future generations will never enjoy the resources available. 

They will only hear stories of certain things that no longer exist because of destruction from human activities. Going by these statistics, experts advised companies in the space industry to expand their operations alongside developing revolutionary space technologies that will take humanity to planet Mars. The industry inaugurated several SmallSat missions to the red planet to study the atmosphere to determine the possibility of establishing a permanent human inhabitance. 

Switzerland and the European Space Agency partnered to form a joint space mission known as CHEOPS. The University of Bern and the University of Geneva collaborate as learning institutions that offer research and technical support to the CHEOPS mission. The consortium of over 100 scientists, engineers, and researchers from 11 individual European nations is under ESA’s leadership and the University of Bern. The collaboration took more than five years to design, develop, and construct the exoplanet satellite. The consortium conducted its operations at CHEOPS’s Science Operations Center at the University of Geneva’s observatory.

CHEOPS planned to reveal the details of an exoplanet through its telescopic observations identified in space. CHEOPS delivers on its promise by unveiling the information on the WASP-189b, ranking it among planets with the most extreme environment. After the space telescope’s observation, CHEOPS launched its mission, and eight months later, the mission released its first-ever scientific publication of the data collected by the pioneer Exoplanet Satellite. The periodical, dubbed the Astronomy & Astrophysics, accepted the research results deducted by the CHEOPS mission. 

The CHEOPS mission is the pioneer space program endorsed by the European Space Agency (ESA), dedicated to identifying known exoplanets that orbit stars in outer space. The locations of some of the stars are in far galaxies beyond the solar system. Didier Queloz and Michel Mayor, the Swiss astronomer who discovered the first-ever exoplanet in 1995. The two astronomers received the 2019 Nobel Prize in recognition of their extraordinary discovery. Willy Benz, the University of Bern’s astrophysics professor, said that the observations illustrate the full extent of the CHEOPS mission. Benz, the consortium director for the CHEOPS mission, said that team anticipated the high expectations for the mission’s performance. In conclusion, the concept of transit is a phenomenon whereby a star appears faint when another planet passes between the star and Earth.

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