Astrophysics (index)

New Worlds Mission

(planned space occulter to facilitate the view of exoplanets)

The New Worlds Mission is a plan to launch an Occulter (Coronagraph) known as a Starshade, into space in 2020. The occulter would orbit 80,000 miles in front of a space telescope, blocking starlight from a target star so the telescope can directly image the star's Extra Solar Planets. The occulter targets 4000A-10000A Wavelengths.

The New Worlds Mission plan was circa 2010 and has since been developed in modified form as Exo-S.


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