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Egypt has more than one hundred pyramids of various sizes and there are nearly fifty more in neighboring Sudan.
CHEOPS is expected to observe between 500 and 1,000 nearby stars during its planned 3½-year mission.
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A Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou will boost ESA’s upcoming exoplanet satellite into space.
Cheops will share the ride into space with another payload, with the two separating in turn into their own orbits soon after ascent.
Please find more informationen about the mission on the CHEOPS page.
The European CHEOPS telescope (CHaracterising Ex OPlanet Satellite) will look for transits or ‘mini-‘eclipses’ in the light curves of stars already thought to have planets orbiting around them, caused by the dip in brightness when their planet passes in front of them.
It is clear, however, that CHEOPS is expected with all testing completed and ready by the end of 2018. CHEOPS will be shot into an earth orbit along with another payload.At the University of Berne, the engineers are already working to finish the telescope. Shortly after the ascent phase, the two satellites will be separated and transported to their own orbits.CHEOPS orbits the earth at an altitude of 700 kilometers.Cheops is an ESA mission in partnership with Switzerland and with important contributions from 10 other member states.Now it is clear: the space telescope CHEOPS – CHaracterising Ex OPlanet Satellite – will be launched with a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou in French Guyana.It takes its inspiration from the European Co Ro T mission for which CNES was prime contractor, using the same transit detection method and measuring techniques.Methods for processing raw data on the ground from the light curves ‘cleaned’ of noise and bias will be supplied by the LAM astrophysics laboratory in Marseille, like for Co Ro T, with support from CNES.As it circles the globe from pole to pole, the satellite will ride the terminator between day and night such that it will always be directly above sunrise or sunset.This orbit offers stable temperatures and a constant solar illumination, keeping the solar array in sunlight while minimising the effects of stray light leaking into the telescope.The Pyramid of Cheops served as a tomb for Pharaoh Khufu, also known by its Greek name, Cheops, in Dynasty IV.It is estimated that was completed between 2550-2570 years BC It is the sole survivor of the famous Seven Wonders of Ancient World, cited by Antipater of Sidon in the year 125 AC, the other two pyramids in the necropolis (Chephren and Miceriono) are not included in these ancient wonders.