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26 February 2003 Darwin mission
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The IR Space Interferometer Darwin is an integral part of ESA's Cosmic Vision 2020 plan, intended for a launch towards the middle of next decade. It has been the subject of a feasibility study and is now undergiogn technological development. The scientific scope is aimed towards developing a system that could carry out the search for, and characterization of Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. A secondary objective is to carry out imaging of astrophysical objects with unprecedented spatial resolution. The implementation of Darwin is based on the new technique of 'nulling interferometery', in the mid-IR and becomes the culmination of a decade of technology- and science precursor missions. Darwin is also foreseen to be carrie dout in an international context.
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C. V. Malcolm Fridlund and Philippe Gondoin "Darwin mission", Proc. SPIE 4852, Interferometry in Space, (26 February 2003);


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