SAINT-EX ― Search and characterisation of exoplanets

Why "MERMOZ" ?

MERMOZ is an acronym that stands for Monitoring planEtary suRfaces with Modern pOlarimetric characteriZation.

The project has been named in honour of Jean Mermoz, who was a famous aviator. Mermoz's life has been a suite of pioneering achievements in the development of airmail, which paved the way towards nowadays airline operations. We are approaching the MERMOZ experiment with a similar spirit, in pioneering the development of a novel technique and render it widely applicable.