CORTO看到第一缕光线

第一个用于寻找太阳系外行星的空间天文台CORTO昨天捕捉到了它的第一缕光线。法国空间机构CNES的工程师们发送了一条打开30厘米望远镜舱盖的指令,将它极为灵敏的CCD阵列处于发光星体的曝光下,以捕捉光线。CORTO是于三个星期前送入地球轨道的,它将在银河系的两个区域大约6万个恒星范围内寻找其它行星。

COROT sees first light (Jan 18)

http://physicsweb.org/article/news/11/1/13

COROT, the first space observatory designed to search for planets beyond our solar system (exoplanets), captured its "first light" yesterday. Engineers from France's Space Agency CNES sent a command to open the hatch protecting the 30-cm telescope, exposing its extremely sensitive charge-coupled device (CCD) arrays to the stars. Launched into Earth orbit about three weeks ago, the spacecraft will look for exoplanets around 60 000 stars in two regions of our galaxy.