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Post by Sirius_Alpha on 18th May 2012, 9:11 am

Proposed for launch in 2016 as part of NASA's Explorers Program, FINESSE would take the first "family portrait" of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets. FINESSE is the first mission dedicated to finding out what exoplanet atmospheres are made of, what conditions or processes are responsible for their composition, and how our own solar system fits into the larger family of planets.

Expected launch date is Oct 2016. It will measure the atmospheres of 200 exoplanets. Nominal end of mission is Dec 2018.

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