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Status of the terrestrial planet finder interferometer (TPF-I)
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The interferometric version of the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF-I) has the potential to find and characterize earth-sized planets in the habitable zones of over 250 nearby stars and to search for life using biomarkers in the atmospheres of any planets found. The scientific case for such a mission continues to be strengthened by on-going progress in the detection of planets via indirect means. This paper summarizes the status of TPF-I, illustrative scientific requirements for the mission, and its enabling technologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 62680S (27 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.673583
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Charles Beichman, Michelson Science Ctr., California Institute of Technology (United States)
Peter Lawson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Oliver Lay, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Asif Ahmed, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Steve Unwin, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
K. Johnston, U.S. Naval Observatory (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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