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The Transit Characterization Explorer (TRACER)
Author(s): Mark C. Clampin
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Paper Abstract

The Transit Characterization Explorer (Tracer) is Small Explorer (SMEX) class mission that would characterize the properties of exoplanets that transit their parent star. Tracer will measure the physical conditions, chemistry dynamics and cloud properties of exoplanet atmospheres. Tracer will detect unseen terrestrial planets by observing them directly in transit or by detecting them via perturbations of transit timings. Tracer will return transit light curves that provide robust radii estimates, and can detect planetary rings and/or satellites. Tracer is an ideal SMEX mission presenting the opportunity for timely exploitation of discoveries from the rapid growth of ground-based surveys for transiting systems and providing the ideal complement to missions such as JWST.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2008
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70101L (14 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.790378
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Mark C. Clampin, NASA Goddard Space Flight 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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