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Terrestrial Planet Finder: Coda to 10 Years of Technology DevelopmentThe Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) was proposed as a mission concept to the 2000 Decadal Survey, and received a very high ranking amongst the major initiatives that were then reviewed. As proposed, it was a formation flying array of four 3-m class mid-infrared telescopes, linked together as an interferometer. Its science goal was to survey 150 nearby stars for the presence of Earth-like planets, to detect signs of life or habitability, and to enable revolutionary advances in high angular resolution astrophysics. The Decadal Survey Committee recommended that $200M be invested to advance TPF technology development in the Decade of 2000-2010. This paper presents the results of NASA's investment.
Document ID
20150008458
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Lawson, Peter R. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 19, 2015
Publication Date
August 2, 2009
Subject Category
Astrophysics
Meeting Information
SPIE Nanoscience and Engineering Symposium(San Diego, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
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Keywords
Astronomy
extrasolar planets
nulling
coronagraphy
interferometry
formation flying