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Darwin—an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets

Charles S. Cockell 1 Tom Herbst 2 Alain Léger 3 O. Absil 4 Charles Beichman 5 Willy Benz 6 Andre Brack 7 Bruno Chazelas 3 Alain Chelli 4 Hervé Cottin 8 Vincent Coudé Du Foresto 9 William Danchi Denis Defrère Jan-Willem den Herder Carlos Eiroa Malcolm Fridlund 10 Thomas Henning 2 Kenneth Johnston Lisa Kaltenegger Lucas Labadie 2 Helmut Lammer 11 Ralf Launhardt 2 Peter Lawson 12 Oliver P. Lay Rene' Liseau Stefan R. Martin 13 Dimitri Mawet 14 Denis Mourard 15 Claire Moutou 16 Laurent Mugnier 17 Francesco Paresce 18 Andreas Quirrenbach 19 Yves Rabbia 15 Huub J. A. Rottgering 20 Daniel Rouan 9 Nuno Santos 21 Franck Selsis 22, 23, 24, 25 Eugene Serabyn Frances Westall 7 Glenn White 26 Marc Ollivier 14 Pascale Bordé 9
Abstract : 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.
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Charles S. Cockell, Tom Herbst, Alain Léger, O. Absil, Charles Beichman, et al.. Darwin—an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets. Experimental Astronomy, springer Link, 2009, 23, pp.435-461. ⟨10.1007/S10686-008-9121-X⟩. ⟨hal-00405897⟩



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