CoRoT Space Telescope

CoRoT was a space telescope mission that operated from 2006 to 2013. The mission’s two objectives were to search for extrasolar planets with short orbital periods, particularly those of large terrestrial size, and to perform asteroseismology by measuring solar-like oscillations in stars. The mission was led by the French Space Agency (CNES) in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and other international partners.
CoRoT, launched 2006, was the first spacecraft dedicated to the detection of transiting extrasolar planets, opening the way for more advanced probes such as Kepler and TESS. Mission flight operations were originally scheduled to end 2.5 years from launch but operations were extended to 2013. In 2012 CoRoT suffered a computer failure that made it impossible to retrieve any data from its telescope. Repair attempts were unsuccessful, so it was retired by being lowered in orbit to allow it to burn up in the atmosphere.