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Selected mission architectures for the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF): large, medium, and small
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Paper Abstract

Four teams incorporating scientists and engineers from more than 50 universities and 20 engineering firms have assessed techniques for detecting and characterizing terrestrial planets orbiting nearby stars. The primary conclusion from the effort of the past two years is that with suitable technology investment starting now, a mission to detect terrestrial planets around 150 nearby stars could be launched within a decade. Missions of smaller scale could carry out more modest programs capable of detecting and characterizing gas giant planets around tens of stars and of detecting terrestrial planets around the nearest stars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4835, Future Research Direction and Visions for Astronomy, (16 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.461532
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Charles A. Beichman, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Daniel R. Coulter, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Chris Lindensmith, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Peter R. Lawson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4835:
Future Research Direction and Visions for Astronomy
Alan M. Dressler, Editor(s)

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