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THESIS: terrestrial and habitable zone infrared spectroscopy spacecraft
Author(s): G. Vasisht; M. R. Swain; R. L. Akeson; A. Burrows; D. Deming; C. J. Grillmair; T. P. Greene
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Paper Abstract

THESIS is a concept for a medium class mission designed for spectroscopic characterization of extrasolar planets between 2-14 microns. The concept leverages off the recent first-steps made by Spitzer and Hubble in characterizing the atmospheres of alien gas giants. Under favourable circumstances, THESIS is capable of identifying biogenic molecules in habitable-zone planets, thereby determining conditions on worlds where life might exist. By systematically characterizing many worlds, from rocky planets to gas-giants, THESIS would deliver transformational science of profound interest to astronomers and the general public.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70103U (12 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787688
Show Author Affiliations
G. Vasisht, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
M. R. Swain, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
R. L. Akeson, California Institute of Technology (United States)
A. Burrows, Princeton Univ. (United States)
D. Deming, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
C. J. Grillmair, California Institute of Technology (United States)
T. P. Greene, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7010:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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