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Spectroscopy to scan the stars

Twinkle is a small, low-cost mission that will use spectroscopy to decode the light from hundreds of extrasolar planets. Twinkle will be able to reveal, for the first time, the chemical composition, weather and history of worlds orbiting distant stars. The Twinkle satellite will be built in the UK and launched into a low-Earth orbit within 3 to 4 years, using a platform designed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd and instrumentation led by UCL.

Mission overview
The 3 core drivers

Twinkle is a small mission with a big ambition: to be the first spacecraft to reveal what alien worlds are really like.

Building an astronomy mission currently takes a decade or more. It’s time to approach space science from a different perspective.

Twinkle will offer opportunities for all countries to access data in this cutting-edge field of research.

EduTwinkle

Twinkle’s education programme (EduTwinkle) aims to foster links between space exploration and schools, increase girls’ uptake of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects at A-level and higher education and to widen participation at universities from under-represented communities.

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