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Darwin - an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets

C. S Cockell, T. M. Herbst, A. Léger, O. Absil, C. Beichman, W. Benz, A. Brack, B. Chazelas, A. Chelli, H. Cottin, V. Coudé du Foresto, W. C. Danchi, D. Defrère, J.-W. den Herder, C. Eiroa, M. Fridlund, T. Henning, K. J. Johnston, L. Kaltenegger, L. Labadie, H. Lammer, R. Launhardt, P. Lawson, O. P. Lay, R. Liseau, S. R. Martin, D. Mawet, D. Mourard, C. Moutou, L. M. Mugnier, F. Paresce, A. Quirrenbach, Y. D. Rabbia, H. J. A. Röttgering, D. Rouan, N. C. Santos, F. Selsis, E. Serabyn, F. Westall, G. J. White, M. Ollivier, P. Bordé

As a response to ESA call for mission concepts for its Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan, we propose a mission called Darwin. Its primary goal is the study of terrestrial extrasolar planets and the search for life on them. In this paper, we describe different characteristics of the instrument.

Interferometer - Nulling interferometry - Direct imaging of exoplanets - Exoplanets - Habitable zone

Experimental Astronomy
Volume 23, Number 1, Page 435
2009 March

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia