Record breaker! Briefcase-size satellite spots alien planet

A satellite the size of a briefcase successfully detected an alien world, potentially paving the way for a future network of tiny planet-hunting spacecraft.

The Arcsecond Space Telescope Enabling Research in Astrophysics (ASTERIA) cubesat, which was deployed into Earth orbit from the International Space Station in November 2017, spotted the exoplanet 55 Cancri e, a new study reports.



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