An artist's concept of the CoRoT satellite in orbit.
Click on image for full size
CNES / D. Ducros
CoRoT - Searching for distant worlds
Europeans now have a satellite to study pulsating stars
. The mission will
also look for planets that pass in front of the stars. It is named CoRoT.
CoRoT will measure the light from many stars over time. Some stars will
have planets around them. Some planets might pass in front of the star. This will cause a drop in the light CoRoT sees. The drops must be seen
over and over. The color of the light should not change. The shape of
the drop must be right. Then it could be a planet.
Even planets like Earth might be found with CoRoT. This is 10 times
smaller than planets seen from the ground. What if it finds a planet like
Earth? We can look for liquid water and green plants. Maybe even
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
includes issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
, full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science, ranging from seismology
, rocks and minerals
, and Earth system science
You might also be interested in:
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is really neat! It was first launched in 1990, but scientists started building it in the 1970's! We have found all kinds of objects like stars, nebulae and galaxies. The...more
Apollo 11 was the first mission that landed a person on the moon. On July 16, 1969, the U. S. rocket Saturn 5 was launched carrying the lunar landing module Eagle. The Eagle was released and it reached...more
Apollo 12 was launched on Nov. 14, 1969 and arrived at the Moon three days later. Astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean descended to its surface, while Richard Gordon remained in lunar orbit aboard the...more
Apollo 15 marked the start of a new series of missions from the Apollo space program, each capable of exploring more lunar terrain than ever before. Launched on July 26, 1971, Apollo 15 reached the Moon...more
NASA chose Deep Impact to be part of a special series called the Discovery Program. This program is for cheap, scientific projects. In May 2001, NASA said it was ok to start with mission development for...more
Galileo was a spacecraft that orbited Jupiter for eight years. It made many discoveries about Jupiter and its moons. Galileo was launched in 1989, and reached Jupiter in 1995. The spacecraft had two parts....more
During 1966 through 1967, five Lunar Orbiter spacecrafts were launched, with the purpose of mapping the Moon's surface in preparation for the Apollo and Surveyor landings. All five missions were successful,...more