Darwin - an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets

Cockell, Charles S.; Herbst, Tom; Léger, Alain; Absil, O.; Beichman, Charles; Benz, Willy; Brack, Andre; Chazelas, Bruno; Chelli, Alain; Cottin, Hervé; Coudé du Foresto, Vincent; Danchi, William; Defrère, Denis; den Herder, Jan-Willem; Eiroa, Carlos; Fridlund, Malcolm; Henning, Thomas; Johnston, Kenneth; Kaltenegger, Lisa; Labadie, Lucas; Lammer, Helmut; Launhardt, Ralf; Lawson, Peter; Lay, Oliver P.; Liseau, Rene'; Martin, Stefan R.; Mawet, Dimitri; Mourard, Denis; Moutou, Claire; Mugnier, Laurent; Paresce, Francesco; Quirrenbach, Andreas; Rabbia, Yves; Rottgering, Huub J. A.; Rouan, Daniel; Santos, Nuno; Selsis, Franck; Serabyn, Eugene; Westall, Frances; White, Glenn; Ollivier, Marc and Bordé, Pascale (2009). Darwin - an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets. Experimental Astronomy, 23(1) pp. 435–461.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10686-008-9121-x


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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