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Rocky! CoRoT-Exo-7b update with Malcolm Fridlund…via Facebook


found us a new home already? 🙂


Not unless you like 2000K in the shadow 🙂

but it is indeed rocky 😀


and more rocky than Mars

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CoRoT update – More and better data – With Malcolm Fridlund

Catching up where we left with CoRoT on the last occasion Malcolm Fridlund visited us. News about future papers, the detector chain issue and adressing answers to the following questions by Galzi, a BtC reader*:

I hope it’s really a problem with the methods of detection and not a real scarcity of planets. Kepler will give us soon better planetary statistics, but according to present Harps data 1/3 of solar-type stars have neptunes or superearths with orbital periods of fifty days or less, i.e. a planetary population well within Corot reach if they happen to transit their star. Are there issues with unexpected noise sources or sistematics that are swamping the small guys from the lightcurves?

The loss of the detector chain is worrying, especially now that Corot is approaching the end of its nominal mission. Is there a chance to have the mission extended after this accident?

Let’s read what the Project Scientist has to say:

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CoRoT update – With Malcolm Fridlund

We have received information regarding CoRoT, from the mission’s Project Scientist, and BtC collaborator, Malcolm Fridlund.

What do you want to read first? The good or the bad news? Maybe we should start from the last to move on to the positive side right afterwards. 


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Kepler’s Challenge – With Lewis Dartnell

With the thunderous launch of the Delta II rocket this weekend, not only was the Kepler space telescope lofted into the sky, but also our hopes of finding a Second Earth. But now, after those few minutes of intense excitement, comes several months of impatient waiting.


Kepler will spend the next two months being put through its paces, testing its ability to acquire guide stars, maintain absolute accuracy in its orientation, and successfully beam data back to Earth. After this commissioning phase, Kepler will enter active scientific service sometime this Spring.

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Fridlund ahead!

From the spacEurope ages, there was a presence who marked the difference for the good will with which always replied to every solicitation, including the fact of making himself available to answer a set of questions posed directly by the readers.


That man was Malcolm Fridlund, ESA COROT Project Scientist.

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