Darwin - an experimental astronomy mission to search for extrasolar planets
Journal article, 2009

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.


Nulling interferometry

Habitable zone


Direct imaging of exoplanets


C.S. Cockell

T. Herbst

A. Léger

O. Absil

C. Beichman

W. Benz

A. Brack

B. Chazelas

A. Chelli

H. Cottin

V. Coudé Du Foresto

W. Danchi

D. Defrére

J-W. den Herder

C. Eiroa

C.W.M. Fridlund

T. Henning

K Johnston

L. Kaltenegger

L. Labadie

H. Lammer

R. Launhardt

P. Lawson

O.P. Lay

René Liseau

Chalmers, Department of Radio and Space Science, Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics

S.R. Martin

D. Mawet

D. Mourard

C. Moutou

L. Mugnier

F. Paresce

A. Quirrenbach

Y. Rabbia

H.J.A. Rottgering

N. Santos

F. Selsis

E. Serabyn

F. Westall

G. White

M. Ollivier

P. Bordé

Experimental Astronomy

0922-6435 (ISSN) 1572-9508 (eISSN)

Vol. 23 1 435-461

Subject Categories

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

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