The European Space Agency's (ESA) "Characterizing Exoplanets Satellite" (CHEOPS) is scheduled to be launched on December 17 from the space gate in Kourou, French Guiana. The Space Observatory is designed to study in detail alien worlds that astronomers have discovered outside our solar system. It will fly on the back of a Russian Soyuz-FG and will be placed in low ground about 145 minutes after launch.
If you are in the United States and are anxious to see these satellites come into space, you will probably have a late night. The launch is scheduled for the unfriendly time at 12:54 pm PT (3:43 am ET) on December 17th.
Coverage of the launch will be managed by ESA, which runs a livestream on its website and Vimeo. If a YouTube link becomes available, we will include it here. Coverage will start a little before launch at 12:30 PT.
The main mission of CHEOPS, an observatory of the size of a mini-refrigerator, is to measure the size of exoplanets discovered by late, large planetary hunting machines, such as the. The exoplanets CHEOPS are most interested in falling in the mass range between a super Earth and Neptune.
With high-precision measurements, the observatory will enable researchers to better understand the composition of exoplanets and investigate whether or not they can be potential habitable worlds.