Darwin-an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets

Charles S. Cockell, Tom Herbst, Alain Leger, O. Absil, Charles Beichman, Willy Benz, Andre Brack, Bruno Chazelas, Alain Chelli, Herve Cottin, Vincent Coude du Foresto, William Danchi, Denis Defrere, Jan-Willem den Herder, Carlos Eiroa, Malcolm Fridlund, Thomas Henning, Kenneth Johnston, Lisa Kaltenegger, Lucas LabadieHelmut Lammer, Ralf Launhardt, Peter Lawson, Oliver P. Lay, Rene' Liseau, Stefan R. Martin, Dimitri Mawet, Denis Mourard, Claire Moutou, Laurent Mugnier, Francesco Paresce, Andreas Quirrenbach, Yves Rabbia, Huub J. A. Rottgering, Daniel Rouan, Nuno Santos, Franck Selsis, Eugene Serabyn, Frances Westall, Glenn White, Marc Ollivier, Pascale Borde

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-461
Number of pages27
JournalExperimental Astronomy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


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

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