Reference : Exoplanet Characterization and the Search for Life
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Physical, chemical, mathematical & earth Sciences : Space science, astronomy & astrophysics
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/33835
Exoplanet Characterization and the Search for Life
English
Kasting, J. [> >]
et al. [> >]
Hanot, Charles [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (AEOS) >]
et al. [> >]
Defrere, Denis mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (AEOS) >]
et al. [> >]
Surdej, Jean mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (AEOS) >]
et al. [> >]
Absil, Olivier mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département d'astrophys., géophysique et océanographie (AGO) > Astroph. extragalactique et observations spatiales (AEOS) >]
et al. [> >]
31-Mar-2009
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[en] Exoplanet ; Search for Life ; Survey
[en] Over 300 extrasolar planets (exoplanets) have been detected orbiting nearby stars. We now hope to conduct a census of all planets around nearby stars and to characterize their atmospheres and surfaces with spectroscopy. Rocky planets within their star's habitable zones have the highest priority, as these have the potential to harbor life. Our science goal is to find and characterize all nearby exoplanets; this requires that we measure the mass, orbit, and spectroscopic signature of each one at visible and infrared wavelengths. The techniques for doing this are at hand today. Within the decade we could answer long-standing questions about the evolution and nature of other planetary systems, and we could search for clues as to whether life exists elsewhere in our galactic neighborhood.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/33835
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2009astro2010S.151K
Astro2010: The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey, Science White Papers, no. 151
http://arxiv.org/abs/0911.2936

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