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France to Launch First Exoplanet Hunter

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Science  15 Dec 2006:
Vol. 314, Issue 5806, pp. 1671
DOI: 10.1126/science.314.5806.1671a

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PARIS-- At the end of this month, a French space observatory will be lofted into orbit. COROT will survey large areas of the sky, monitoring thousands of stars at a time for tiny telltale dips in brightness that reveal a planet passing in front of its star. (Read more.)