The Next Planet Finders

The Kepler space telescope has been a success. But it hasn’t been fully functional for almost two years. This is what will be used next to find exoplanets:

Plato – Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars. Planned by ESA to be launched in 2016.
Plato website | Wikipedia

TESS – Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. To be launched in August, 2017 by SpaceX as part of NASA‘s Explorers program. The project is lead by MIT.
TESS webpage | Wikipedia

CHEOPS – CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite. Planned by ESA to be launched in 2017.
CHEOPS website | Wikipedia

This is the score so far for interesting planets:

Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-CalTech/R. Hurt

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