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What Telescopes and Space Missions are Used to Observe Exoplanets?

The principal dedicated space-based missions that observe exoplanets are the NASA mission Kepler and the European mission CoRoT, although the latter was also built to study the physics of stars as well as exoplanets. (The acronym stands for Convection, Rotation, and Transits.)

Non-dedicated space-based missions that have been used to observe exoplanets are the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), and the infrared missions Spitzer and Herschel.

In addition to the space-based missions, there are numerous ground-based telescopes and instrumentation that are being used to study exoplanets. A comprehensive list of wolrd-wide facilities and programs, including programs planned for the future, can be found at the The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia.

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