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среда, 18 декабря 2019 г.

Liftoff for Cheops, ESA’s exoplanet mission

Arianespace & ESA & CNES - Vega VS23 / Cheops Mission poster.

Dec. 18, 2019

Liftoff for Cheops

ESA’s Cheops mission lifted off on a Soyuz-Fregat launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 09:54:20 CET on 18 December on its exciting mission to characterise planets orbiting stars other than the Sun.

Signals from the spacecraft, received at the mission control centre based at INTA in Torrejón de Ardoz near Madrid, Spain, via the Troll ground tracking station at 12:43 CET confirmed that the launch was successful.