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Astronomical search for origins: Are we alone?
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances in astronomical research have led to a much-improved understanding of the evolution of the physical Universe. Recent advances in biology and genetics have led to a much-improved understanding of our biological Universe. Scientists now believe that we have the research tools to begin to answer one of man’s two most compelling research questions: Are we alone? and How did we get here? This paper reviews the requirements and challenges we face to engineer and build the large space-based systems of interferometers and innovative single-aperture telescopes to detect and characterize in detail earth type planets around stars other than our sun.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 2004
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5166, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts, (30 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.507763
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James B. Breckinridge, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5166:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts
Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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