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Captain Cook, the Terrestrial Planet Finder and the search for extraterrestrial intelligenceA recently completed NASA study has concluded that a Terrestrial Planet Finder could be launched within a decade to detect terrestrial planets around nearby stars. Such a mission, complemented by projects (Kepler and Eddington) that will provide statistical information on the frequency of Earth-sized planets in the habitable zone, will determine key terms in the Drake equation that describes the number of intelligent civilizations in the Universe.
Document ID
20060030173
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Beichman, C.
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
July 8, 2002
Subject Category
Astronomy
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
Terrestrial Planet Finder TPF