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Interferometry: Getting More for Less

Science  25 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5385, pp. 1941
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5385.1941

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By merging light from several small telescopes aboard spacecraft flying anywhere from a few tens of meters to thousands of kilometers apart, planet searchers hope to mimic single telescopes far too large and costly ever to be built. The payoff: a chance to see Earth-like planets around stars tens of light-years away and examine them for signs of life (see main text).