AAS 197, January 2001
Session 67. New Technology and Its Achievements I
Oral, Tuesday, January 9, 2001, 1:30-3:00pm, Royal Palm 5/6

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[67.03] Searching for Earth-like extrasolar planets with the Corot and Eddington space missions.

J. Schneider, A. Baglin (CNRS - Paris Observatory), F. Favata (ESA/ESTEC), Corot Team, Eddington Team

Corot will be the first space mission devoted to detect Earth-like extrasolar planets. It will be launched in 2004. Eddington is an ESA space project designed to detect Earth-like planets in the habitable zone of G stars. The other objective of both missions is stellar seismology. The method of detection of planets is to search for their transits for stars at a few hundred pc. We will present the spacecrafts, the search strategies, the number of stars monitored and the expected results for the two missions. Finally a new concept, Treasure (submitted to ESA in January 2000), with the goal of searching for transits of Earth-like planets around nearby stars, is presented. Other applications of the transit method, such as the measurement of the mass of giant planet satellites, will be shown.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: jean.schneider@obspm.fr

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