A new national facility at La Silla Observatory in Chile, operated by the European Southern Observatory (ESO), made its first observations at the beginning of the year. ExTrA (Exoplanets in Transits and their Atmospheres) will search for Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby red dwarf stars, its three 0.6 m-diameter near-infrared telescopes (pictured) increasing the sensitivity compared to previous searches. ExTrA is a French project also funded by the European Research Council and the telescopes will be operated remotely from Grenoble.