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Starshade Rendezvous ProbeThe Starshade Rendezvous Probe Mission (https://smd-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/science-red/s3fs-public/atoms/files/Starshade2.pdf ) [1] will be the first space-based, high-contrast imaging mission with the potential to detect and characterize Earth-like planets in the habitable zone (HZ) around sunlike stars while at the same time exploring entire planetary systems about our nearest neighbors. Over the last two decades, astronomers have discovered and cataloged thousands of planets around other stars. Nevertheless, we have yet to find a planetary system like our own or to characterize discovered small planets to determine if they are similar to Earth. The next step in exploration is to image full planetary systems, including their HZs, and to obtain planetary spectra with enough sensitivity to determine if a planet is Earth-like. A space-based direct imaging mission to ultimately find and characterize other Earth-like planets is a long-term priority for space astrophysics [2, 3].
Document ID
20190028272
Document Type
Other
Authors
Seager, Sara
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cambridge, MA, United States)
Kasdin, N. Jeremy
(Princeton Univ. Princeton, NJ, United States)
Booth, Jeff
(Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, CA, United States)
Lisman, Doug
(Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, CA, United States)
Shaklan, Stuart
(Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, CA, United States)
Warwick, Steve
(Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. El Segundo, CA, United States)
Greenhouse, Matt
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Macintosh, Bruce
(Stanford Univ. Stanford, CA, United States)
Vess, Melissa
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Webb, David
(Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
July 29, 2019
Publication Date
July 10, 2019
Subject Category
Astronomy
Astrophysics
Report/Patent Number
GSFC-E-DAA-TN70889
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: 80GSFC18C0120
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Use by or on behalf of the US Gov. Permitted.
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NASA Peer Committee

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