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Brazil in space: Astrophysics and Engineering

Grant number: 16/13750-6
Support type:Research Projects - Thematic Grants
Duration: March 01, 2019 - February 29, 2024
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Astronomy
Principal Investigator:Eduardo Janot Pacheco
Grantee:Eduardo Janot Pacheco
Home Institution: Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Co-Principal Investigators:Sylvio Ferraz de Mello ; Tatiana Alexandrovna Michtchenko
Assoc. researchers:Adriana Benetti Marques Valio ; Claudia de Alencar Santos Janot Pacheco ; Érico Lucas Marques ; Fábio de Oliveira Fialho ; Fuad Kassab Junior ; Karin Silvia Franzoni Fornazier Guimarães ; Laerte Brandão Paes de Andrade ; Leonardo Pinheiro da Silva ; Luander Bernardes ; Marcelo Emilio ; Maria Cristina de Assis Rabello Soares ; Rodrigo Carlos Boufleur ; Sergio Ribeiro Augusto ; Vanderlei Cunha Parro
Associated scholarship(s):18/19585-2 - Attitude control and jitter photometric correction of Plato 2.0 space mission, BE.PQ


Discoveries in the last decades have stimulated the use of interdisciplinary tools to study exoplanets and, naturally, astrobiology. These efforts are helping to understand complex phenomena as, for instance, planetary habitability. Science is trying to answer ancient questions as: Are there planets similar to ours outside the solar system? Is life a common phenomenon in the universe? How life originated on Earth? What is the future of life on Earth? In this thematic project, we will study some open questions in the field of exoplanets and habitability. Brazil is participating in the development of science and engineering of ESA's Cosmic Vision program medium-class satellite PLATO 2.0 to be launched in 2024. PLATO main objective is to find and study a large number of extrasolar planetary systems, with emphasis on the properties of terrestrial planets in the habitable zone. The engineer aspect of this project comprises part of its payload design and development. Brazilian scientific community will have access to PLATO's scientific data in a pro-rata sharing with its partner countries. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
FOLONIER, H. A.; FERRAZ-MELLO, S.; ANDRADE-INES, E. Tidal synchronization of close-in satellites and exoplanets. III. Tidal dissipation revisited and application to Enceladus. CELESTIAL MECHANICS & DYNAMICAL ASTRONOMY, v. 130, n. 12 DEC 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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