Search For Extrasolar Planets And Extraterrestrial Life Improved With Darwin's Frictionless Optics
ESA's Darwin mission aims to discover extrasolar planets and examine their atmospheres for the presence of certain life-related chemicals such as oxygen and carbon dioxide.
The major technical challenge lies in distinguishing, or resolving, the light from an extrasolar planet from the hugely overwhelming radiation emitted by the planet's nearby star.
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