The COROT mission is a French-led project (CNES) to place a small space telescope into orbit dedicated to the study of astroseismology and extrasolar planet transit detection, in the same manner as for Kepler.
COROT was launched on December 27, 2006 and is equipped with a 0.27 m diameter telescope and four CCD detector arrays cooled to —■40°C; the combined instrument has a total field of view of 2.8 x 2.8°. The spacecraft is 4.2 m long, weighed 650 kg at launch, and was placed into a circular polar orbit at an altitude of 827 km. The nominal mission lifetime is at least 2^ years. While COROT is not as sensitive as Kepler, there is still a strong possibility of it detecting several extrasolar planets during its mission lifetime, and indeed COROT announced the detection of its first extrasolar planet on May 3, 2007.
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