The Union Recorder


January 28, 2013

OUR SPACE: Win some, lose some…



Well, what a bummer, right? And to add insult to injury, the CoRoT mission had just been approved for a three-year mission extension only days before it stopped working… that’s like having a winning lottery ticket and accidentally putting it in the laundry. Quelle horreur!!

And while CoRoT may now be a perfectly functional but mute spacecraft out there, there’s no denying the fact that despite its unglamorous ending it’s had a great run. Scientists will be pouring over CoRoT’s data for years to come, and it’s anybody’s guess at this time on how many planets it really discovered, since that’s a slow and painstaking process. Oui, oui, mes amis.

And so – farewell, CoRoT, adieu, et c’est la vie. It was a great mission while it lasted. At least none of us will have to worry about finding CoRoT stuck in their cabbage patch anytime soon – it’s pretty far out there!

Brush up on your knowledge about the debonair planet hunter at

Beate Czogalla is the Professor of Theater Design in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Georgia College & State University. She has had a lifelong interest in space exploration and has been a Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ NASA for many years. She can be reached at   


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