Europlanet Science Congress 2022
Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain
18 – 23 September 2022
Europlanet Science Congress 2022
Palacio de Congresos de Granada, Spain
18 September – 23 September 2022
EPSC Abstracts
Vol. 16, EPSC2022-453, 2022
Europlanet Science Congress 2022
© Author(s) 2022. This work is distributed under
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The PLATO Mission

Heike Rauer1, Conny Aerts2, Magali Deleuil3, Laurent Gizon4, MarieJo Goupil5, Ana Heras6, Miguel Mas-Hesse7, Isabella Pagano8, Giampaolo Piotto9, Don Pollacco10, Roberto Ragazzoni11, Gavin Ramsay12, and Stephane Udry13
Heike Rauer et al.
  • 1DLR, Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany
  • 2KU Leuven, Belgium
  • 3Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, France
  • 4Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany
  • 5LESIA/Observatoire de Paris, France
  • 6European Space Agency
  • 7Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC/INTA), Spain
  • 8INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Catania, Italy
  • 9Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy
  • 10University of Warwick, UK
  • 11INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Italy
  • 12Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, UK
  • 13University of Geneva, CH

PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars) is ESA’s M3 mission and designed to detect and characterize extrasolar planets by high-precision, long-term photometric and asteroseismic monitoring of a large number of stars. PLATO will detect small planets around bright stars, including terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of solar-like stars. With the complement of radial velocity observation from ground, planets will be characterized for their radius, mass, and age with high accuracy. PLATO will provide us the first large-scale catalogue of well-characterized small planets up to intermediate orbital periods, relevant for a meaningful comparison to planet formation theories and to better understand planet evolution. It will make possible comparative exoplanetology to place our solar system planets in a broader context. PLATO will study host stars using asteroseismology, allowing us to determine the stellar properties with high accuracy, substantially enhancing our knowledge of stellar structure and evolution.

PLATO is scheduled for a launch date end 2026. Following the successful Critical Milestone Review, ESA has given green light for the implementation of the spacecraft and the payload, which includes the serial production of its 26 cameras. This presentation will give an overview of the PLATO science goals, of its instrument and mission profile status.

How to cite: Rauer, H., Aerts, C., Deleuil, M., Gizon, L., Goupil, M., Heras, A., Mas-Hesse, M., Pagano, I., Piotto, G., Pollacco, D., Ragazzoni, R., Ramsay, G., and Udry, S.: The PLATO Mission, Europlanet Science Congress 2022, Granada, Spain, 18–23 Sep 2022, EPSC2022-453,, 2022.


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