The PLATO 2.0 mission

  title={The PLATO 2.0 mission},
  author={Heike Rauer and Claude Catal{\`a} and Conny Aerts and Thierry Appourchaux and W. Benz and Alexis Brandeker and J{\o}rgen Christensen-Dalsgaard and Magali Deleuil and Laurent Gizon and M-J. Goupil and Manuel G{\"u}del and Eduardo Janot-Pacheco and Miguel Mas-Hesse and Isabella Pagano and Giampaolo Piotto and Don Pollacco and C. A. Santos and A M S Smith and J. C. Su{\'a}rez and R. Szabo and St{\'e}phane Udry and Vardan Adibekyan and Yann Alibert and Jose M. Almenara and Pau Amaro-Seoane and Matthias Ammler-von Eiff and Martin Asplund and Emanuele Antonello and S. Barnes and Frédéric Baudin and K'evin Belkacem and Maria Bergemann and Gabriel Bihain and Aaron C. Birch and Xavier Bonfils and Isabelle Boisse and Aldo Stefano Bonomo and F. Borsa and I. M. Brand{\~a}o and Enzo Brocato and S. Brun and Michael Eugene Burleigh and Robert Burston and Juan Cabrera and Santi Cassisi and William J. Chaplin and St{\'e}phane Charpinet and Cristina Chiappini and Ross P. Church and Sz. Csizmadia and M Cunha and Mario Damasso and Melvyn B. Davies and H Joachim Deeg and Rodrigo F. D{\'i}az and Stefan Dreizler and C. Dreyer and Patrick Eggenberger and David Ehrenreich and Ph. Eigm{\"u}ller and Anders Erikson and R. Farmer and Sofia Feltzing and F. de Oliveira Fialho and Pedro Figueira and Thierry Forveille and Malcolm Fridlund and R. A. Garc{\'i}a and Paolo Giommi and Gaetano Giuffrida and Mareike Godolt and Jo{\~a}o Gomes da Silva and Thomas Granzer and John Lee Grenfell and Arlette Grotsch-Noels and E. W. G{\"u}nther and Carole A. Haswell and A. P. Hatzes and Guillaume H{\'e}brard and Saskia Hekker and Ravit Helled and Kevin Heng and J. M. Jenkins and Anders Johansen and Maxim L. Khodachenko and Kristina G. Kislyakova and Wilhelm Kley and Ute Kolb and Natalie A. Krivova and Friedrich Kupka and Helmut Lammer and Antonino Francesco Lanza and Yveline Lebreton and Demetrio Magrin and Pablo Marcos-Arenal and P. M. Marrese and J. P. Marques and J. Martins and S. Mathis and Smita Mathur and Sergio Messina and Andrea Miglio and Josefina Montalb{\'a}n and Michael Montalto and M. J. P. F. G. Monteiro and Hamed Moradi and Ehsan Moravveji and Christoph Mordasini and Thierry Morel and Annelies Mortier and Valerio Nascimbeni and R. P. Nelson and M. B. Nielsen and Lena Noack and Andrew J. Norton and Ayala Ofir and Morteza Oshagh and R-M. Ouazzani and P. I. P{\'a}pics and V C Parro and Pierre Petit and Bertrand Plez and Ennio Poretti and Andreas Quirrenbach and R. Ragazzoni and Gabriella Raimondo and M Bohle Rainer and Daniel R. Reese and Ronald Redmer and Sabine Reffert and B{\'a}rbara Rojas-Ayala and Ian W. Roxburgh and S'ebastien Salmon and Alexandre Santerne and Jodi Schneider and Jesper Schou and Sebastian Schuh and Hannah Schunker and Adriana Silva-V{\'a}lio and Roberto Silvotti and Ian Skillen and Ignas A. G. Snellen and Frank Sohl and S{\'e}rgio G. Sousa and Alessandro Sozzetti and Dennis Stello and Klaus G. Strassmeier and Michal {\vS}vanda and Gyula M. Szab{\'o} and A. Tkachenko and D. Valencia and Val{\'e}rie Van Grootel and Sylvie D. Vauclair and Paolo Ventura and Fred W. Wagner and Nicholas A. Walton and Joerg Weingrill and Stephanie C. Werner and Peter J. Wheatley and Konstanze Zwintz},
  journal={Experimental Astronomy},
PLATO 2.0 has recently been selected for ESA’s M3 launch opportunity (2022/24). Providing accurate key planet parameters (radius, mass, density and age) in statistical numbers, it addresses fundamental questions such as: How do planetary systems form and evolve? Are there other systems with planets like ours, including potentially habitable planets? The PLATO 2.0 instrument consists of 34 small aperture telescopes (32 with 25 s readout cadence and 2 with 2.5 s candence) providing a wide field… 
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