RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - More than a dozen scientists from 11 Brazilian institutions are helping in the construction and assembly of Plato, the satellite that will attempt to find a rocky planet closer to ours in size, orbiting a star like our Sun, at a distance with the basic conditions to shelter life.

According to astronomer and astrophysicist Eduardo Janot Pacheco, of the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of São Paulo (USP), and coordinator of the Plato-Brazil committee, the new satellite will combine high photometric precision with a wide field of vision.

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