On June 20, the decision of the Committee on Scientific Programs of the European Space Agency (ESA) approved the mission of the Plato Observatory, with the help of which scientists will be able to discover new exoplanets.
Plato is a satellite platform on which 26 telescopes will be installed, designed to search for planets-twins of the Earth outside the solar system. The launch of Plato is planned for 2026 from the Kourou cosmodrome with the help of the Russian Soyuz carrier rocket.
As the project manager Laurent Gison stated, Plato’s main task is to observe the vibrations of the stars, which will allow them to measure their age, mass and size. This in turn will make it possible to calculate similar parameters of the surrounding planets. ESA scientists hope that the spacecraft will be profitable for at least 4 years.