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New Worlds Mission

(plan for 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 name New Worlds Mission was adopted for a study outlining a possible occulter mission, the study completed in 2010. The study remains a source of ideas as has the subsequent plan/study, Exo-S.


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