Europe postpones launch of planet-studying mission

European space officials on Tuesday postponed the launch of a three-year mission to study planets in other solar systems less…

European space officials on Tuesday postponed the launch of a three-year mission to study planets in other solar systems less than an hour before it was due to blast off.

The European Space Agency announced that the launch from Kourou, French Guiana, of the Characterising ExOPlanets Satellite, or CHEOPS, mission, would be delayed by at least a day.

ESA director of science Guenther Hasinger wrote on Twitter that “a software error in the Fregat upper stage” of the Soyuz rocket was responsible for the postponement.

“With this complex mission we will not take any risks,” he added, advising people to “keep fingers crossed for tomorrow” at the same time.

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