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TPF-C: status and recent progress
Author(s): Wesley A. Traub; Marie Levine; Stuart Shaklan; James Kasting; J. Roger Angel; Michael E. Brown; Robert A. Brown; Christopher Burrows; Mark Clampin; Alan Dressler; Henry C. Ferguson; Heidi B. Hammel; Sara R. Heap; Scott D. Horner; Garth D. Illingworth; N. Jeremy Kasdin; Mark J. Kuchner; Douglas Lin; Mark S. Marley; Victoria Meadows; Charley Noecker; Ben R. Oppenheimer; Sara Seager; Michael Shao; Karl R. Stapelfeldt; John T. Trauger
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Paper Abstract

The Terrestrial Planet Finder Coronagraph (TPF-C) is a deep space mission designed to detect and characterize Earth-like planets around nearby stars. TPF-C will be able to search for signs of life on these planets. TPF-C will use spectroscopy to measure basic properties including the presence of water or oxygen in the atmosphere, powerful signatures in the search for habitable worlds. This capability to characterize planets is what allows TPF-C to transcend other astronomy projects and become an historical endeavor on a par with the discovery voyages of the great navigators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 62680T (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.673608
Show Author Affiliations
Wesley A. Traub, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Marie Levine, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stuart Shaklan, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
James Kasting, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
J. Roger Angel, Univ. of Arizona/Steward Observatory (United States)
Michael E. Brown, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Robert A. Brown, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Christopher Burrows, Metajiva (United States)
Mark Clampin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alan Dressler, Carnegie Observatories (United States)
Henry C. Ferguson, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Heidi B. Hammel, Space Science Institute (United States)
Sara R. Heap, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Scott D. Horner, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. (United States)
Garth D. Illingworth, Univ. of California/Santa Cruz (United States)
N. Jeremy Kasdin, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Mark J. Kuchner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Douglas Lin, Univ. of California/Santa Cruz (United States)
Mark S. Marley, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Victoria Meadows, Spitzer Science Ctr. (United States)
Charley Noecker, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Ben R. Oppenheimer, American Museum of Natural History (United States)
Sara Seager, Carnegie Institution of Washington (United States)
Michael Shao, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Karl R. Stapelfeldt, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John T. Trauger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6268:
Advances in Stellar Interferometry
John D. Monnier; Markus Schöller; William C. Danchi, Editor(s)

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