Europe’s exoplanet-hunting CHEOPS mission extended through 2026

Europe’s CHEOPS spacecraft will continue investigating planets outside our solar system until at least 2026.

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced on March 9 that CHEOPS will continue its exoplanet-studying mission — which includes selecting “golden target” worlds for deeper investigation by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) — for at least another three years, with the potential to extend this further until 2029.

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