Europe's exoplanet-hunting CHEOPS mission extended through 2026

"Launched in December 2019 from ESA’s spaceport in French Guiana, CHEOPS (short for "Characterising Exoplanet Satellite") is designed to study planets with sizes between that of Earth and of Neptune as they cross, or transit, the face of bright stars. But it has had impressive results with objects well outside this size range."

My note. 1 earth radii to 3.9 earth radii is a sizable population of exoplanets.

2575 show up at The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia (

2861 show up at NASA Exoplanet Archive (
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