Darwin—an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets

  title={Darwin—an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets},
  author={Charles S. Cockell and Tom M. Herbst and Alain L{\'e}ger and Olivier Absil and Charles A. Beichman and W. Benz and Andr{\'e} Brack and B. Chazelas and Alain E. Chelli and Herv{\'e} Cottin and Vincent Coud{\'e} du Foresto and William C. Danchi and Denis Defr{\'e}re and Jan-Willem den Herder and Carlos Eiroa and Malcolm Fridlund and Th. Henning and Kenneth J. Johnston and Lisa Kaltenegger and Lucas Labadie and Helmut Lammer and Ralf Launhardt and Peter Lawson and Oliver P. Lay and Ren{\'e} Liseau and Stefan R. Martin and Dimitri Mawet and Denis Mourard and Claire Moutou and Laurent M. Mugnier and Francesco Paresce and Andreas Quirrenbach and Yves Rabbia and H. J. A. Rottgering and Daniel Rouan and Nuno C. Santos and Franck Selsis and Eugene Serabyn and Frances Westall and Glenn J. White and Marc Ollivier and Pascal J. Bord{\'e}},
  journal={Experimental Astronomy},
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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