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CHEOPS space telescope ready for scientific operation

CHEOPS space telescope ready for scientific operation

CHEOPS has reached its next milestone: Following extensive tests in Earth’s orbit, some of which the mission team was forced to carry out from home due to the coronavirus crisis, the space telescope has been declared ready for science. CHEOPS stands for “CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite”, and has the purpose of investigating known exoplanets to determine, […]

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CHEOPS space telescope takes its first pictures

CHEOPS space telescope takes its first pictures

Next milestone in the commissioning of CHEOPS: After the successful opening of the space telescope cover on January 29, 2020, CHEOPS has now taken its first images of the sky. CHEOPS is a joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Switzerland, led by the University of Bern, in collaboration with the University of […]

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Acknowledgment in publications

The NCCR PlanetS has to be acknowledged in publications, especially by NCCR members. The official sentence that should be put at the end of papers is as follows:“This work has been carried out within the framework of the National Centre of Competence in Research PlanetS supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The authors acknowledge […]

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Cover of CHEOPS Space Telescope Open

Cover of CHEOPS Space Telescope Open

Decisive moment for the CHEOPS space telescope: The cover was opened as intended on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 7:38 am. CHEOPS is now being tested for precision and the first images are being produced. CHEOPS is a joint mission of ESA and Switzerland, led by the University of Bern, in collaboration with the University […]

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Bern in Space

Bern in Space

Bern in Space Berne celebrates 50 years of moon landing – When Buzz Aldrin was the second man to leave the lunar module on 21 July 1969, first he unfurled the solar wind sail of the University of Berne and put it into the bottom of the moon before the American flag. This experiment was […]

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