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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2010, Article ID 278207, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/278207
Research Article

Astrobiology with Robotic Telescopes at CAB

Laboratorio de Astrofísica Estelar y Exoplanetas, Centro de Astrobiología, Torrejón de Ardoz, 28850 Madrid, Spain

Received 30 June 2009; Accepted 30 October 2009

Academic Editor: Alberto J. Castro-Tirado

Copyright © 2010 Luis Cuesta et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The key objectives of RTRCAB are the identification of new exoplanets and especially the characterization of the known exoplanets by observing photometric and systematic monitoring of their transits. These telescopes, equipped with advanced technology, optimized control programs, and optical and technical characteristics adequate for this purpose, are ideal to make the observations that are required to carry out these programs. The achievement of these goals is ensured by the existence of three separated geographical stations. In this sense, there are several planned missions that have the same objectives among their scientific goals, like Kepler, CoRoT, GAIA, and PLATO.