The cover of the CHEOPS space telescope was scheduled to be opened on Monday, January 27, 2020. The date is being pushed back by a few days because several tests are being repeated. The CHEOPS space telescope has been orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 700 kilometers since its launch on December 18, 2019. [...]
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CHEOPS can clearly be seen in this exposure of the night sky taken on 12 January 2020 at 13:18 UTC, with the 1-metre SAINT-EX robotic telescope which is located at the National Astronomical Observatory of Mexico at San Pedro Martir, Mexico. Credit: SAINT-EX team ( https://www.saintex.unibe.ch/saint_ex_observatory/description)
The science instrument on ESA's Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, CHEOPS, was successfully activated on 8 January, marking the beginning of the mission's in-orbit commissioning. Following the successful launch of CHEOPS on 18 December 2019 and the subsequent Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) activities, which were flawlessly completed on 22 December, the mission started its in-orbit [...]