Darwin—an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets

@article{Cockell2009DarwinanEA,
  title={Darwin—an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets},
  author={C. Cockell and T. Herbst and A. Leger and O. Absil and C. Beichman and W. Benz and A. Brack and B. Chazelas and A. Chelli and H. Cottin and V. Coud{\'e} du Foresto and W. Danchi and D. Defr{\`e}re and J. Herder and C. Eiroa and M. Fridlund and T. Henning and K. Johnston and L. Kaltenegger and L. Labadie and H. Lammer and R. Launhardt and P. Lawson and O. Lay and R. Liseau and Stefan Martin and D. Mawet and D. Mourard and C. Moutou and L. Mugnier and F. Paresce and A. Quirrenbach and Y. Rabbia and H. Rottgering and D. Rouan and N. Santos and F. Selsis and E. Serabyn and F. Westall and G. White and M. Ollivier and P. Bord{\'e}},
  journal={Experimental Astronomy},
  year={2009},
  volume={23},
  pages={435-461}
}
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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