China to propose space mission focused on hunting exoplanets capable of hosting life

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China has proposed special space exploration that will focus on finding a habitable exoplanet. The mission will be to release a spacecraft to scan flickering stars.

The Closeby Habitable Exoplanet Survey or CHES will rely on micro-arcsecond astrometry, which is centered on providing ultra-precise measurements of star motion.

China wants to search for a habitable exoplanet

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The newly proposed Chinese mission will focus on searching for habitable exoplanets across the galaxy.

Space agencies around the world are now ready to hunt for a potential alien planet that could be home to the living species. According Espace.comChina is the latest country to plan to launch a mission to an exoplanet again.

Astronomers will use CHES to detect various exoplanets in space. They would also determine the distance of these planetary bodies to orbiting stars.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) use a technique similar to the one China is currently using.

To be precise, the ESA uses the Gaia space telescope, which is capable of building a 3D map of the stars existing across the Milky Way.

Meanwhile, NASA relies on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, better known as the transit method. This is quite different compared as it focuses on detecting the brightness of the star.

The closest method to CHES is Gaia. China wants to target the hunt for exoplanets around the stars. It should be noted that Earth-like planets could be 33 light years from Earth.

“The hunt for habitable worlds around stars close to the sun will be a great breakthrough for mankind, and will also help humans visit these Earth twins and expand our living space in the future,” Ji said. CHES Principal Investigator Jianghui in an interview with Space. .com.

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More than 5,000 exoplanets discovered and that matter

At present, astronomers have already discovered more than 5,000 existing alien planets. Of these numbers, only 50 of them are considered fit to live.

Space.com added in the same report that CHES would begin its mission about 930,000 miles from the planet. This is where the James Webb Space Telescope is currently located.

According to Elizabeth Tasker, associate professor at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, measuring the masses of exoplanets orbiting the F and G stars will be an important addition to their data. It would also pave the way for the discovery of habitable worlds.

Speaking of this mission, another Chinese-led proposal appears to be competing with CHES. Note that the Earth 2.0 mission will be set up to monitor millions of stars. This idea will contribute to the mission of searching for exoplanets.

In another report from Phys.org, experts are preparing to train the high-precision spectrographs of the James Webb Telescope on its next trip to rocky exoplanets.

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