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Are you looking for aliens? China’s proposed space mission may have answers


The search for nearby hospitable planets has been a long pursuit of scientists around the world and China has now proposed a new mission that can take an unconventional route to possibly reach the goal. The mission, known as the Closeby Habitable Exoplanet Survey (CHES), will measure the impact of orbiting planets on their nearby stars and, in turn, try to understand if the planet has the potential to sustain life. The mission will be carried out using a spacecraft that will collect the data and use a method called relative micro-arcsecond astrometry.

The telescope will calculate the masses of exoplanets using their reference stars.

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The data is expected to show how the stars are influenced by the gravity of the orbiting planet and the observations will then be used to calculate the distance between the two bodies and what this may mean for the planet’s atmosphere.

“The hunt for habitable worlds around stars close to the sun will be a great breakthrough for mankind, and will also help humans to visit these Earth twins and expand our living space in the future,” said Ji Jianghui. , a research professor at the Purple Mountain Observatory at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and principal investigator of the CHES mission, told Space.com.

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“To date, more than 5,000 exoplanets have been discovered and confirmed so far, including about 50 Earth-like planets in the habitable zone, but most of them are hundreds of light-years away. Earth,” he added.

CHES is currently part of the third cycle of the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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