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Astronomy: Seeking Out Strange New Worlds

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Science  02 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5249, pp. 588
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5249.588


Now that astronomers searching for planets around other stars have detected Jupiter-sized objects, another goal beckons: finding planets more like Earth. NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin is an enthusiast, and a panel of leading astronomers has just endorsed a “road map” for the search. Ultimately, it would require placing an array of infrared telescopes in an orbit beyond Mars.