The PLATO 2.0 mission

@article{Rauer2013TheP2,
  title={The PLATO 2.0 mission},
  author={Heike Rauer and Claude Catal{\`a} and Conny Aerts and Thierry P. Appourchaux and W. Benz and A. 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. Smith and J C Su{\'a}rez and R. Szabo and St{\'e}phane Udry and Vardan Adibekyan and Yann Alibert and J. M. Almenara and Pau Amaro-Seoane and Matthias Ammler-von Eiff and Martin Asplund and Emanuele Antonello and S. Barnes and Fr'ed'eric Baudin and K'evin Belkacem and Maria Bergemann and Gabriel Bihain and Aaron C. Birch and Xavier Bonfils and Isabelle Boisse and Aldo S. Bonomo and F. Borsa and I. M. Brand{\~a}o and Enzo Brocato and S. Brun and Michael E Burleigh and R. Burston and Juan Cabrera and Santi Cassisi and William J. Chaplin and S. 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. Garcı́a and Paolo Giommi and Gaetano Giuffrida and Mareike Godolt and Jo{\~a}o Gomes da Silva and Thomas Granzer and J. L. 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 Jennifer M. Jenkins and Anders Johansen and M. L. Khodachenko and K. G. Kislyakova and Wilhelm Kley and U Kolb and Natalie A. Krivova and Friedrich Kupka and Helmut Lammer and Antonino F. Lanza and Yveline Lebreton and Demetrio Magrin and Pablo Marcos-Arenal and P. M. Marrese and J. P. Marques and J. Martins and St'ephane Mathis and Smita Mathur and Sergio Messina and Andrea Miglio and Josefina Montalb{\'a}n and M. 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{\'e}ter 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 S. C. Werner and Peter J. Wheatley and Konstanze Zwintz},
  journal={Experimental Astronomy},
  year={2013},
  volume={38},
  pages={249-330}
}
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… Expand
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