Detecting life outside our solar system with a large high-contrast-imaging mission
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In this White Paper, which was submitted in response to the European Space Agency (ESA) Voyage 2050 Call, we recommend the ESA plays a proactive role in developing a global collaborative effort to construct a large high-contrast imaging space telescope, e.g. as currently under study by NASA. Such a mission will be needed to characterize a sizable sample of temperate Earth-like planets in the habitable zones of nearby Sun-like stars and to search for extraterrestrial biological activity. We provide an overview of relevant European expertise, and advocate ESA to start a technology development program towards detecting life outside the Solar System.
Snellen , I A G , Snik , F , Kenworthy , M , Albrecht , S , Anglada-Escudé , G , Baraffe , I , Baudoz , P , Benz , W , Beuzit , J-L , Biller , B , Birkby , J L , Boccaletti , A , van Boekel , R , de Boer , J , Brogi , M , Buchhave , L , Carone , L , Claire , M , Claudi , R , Demory , B-O , Désert , J-M , Desidera , S , Gaudi , B S , Gratton , R , Gillon , M , Grenfell , J L , Guyon , O , Henning , T , Hinkley , S , Huby , E , Janson , M , Helling , C , Heng , K , Kasper , M , Keller , C U , Krause , O , Kreidberg , L , Madhusudhan , N , Lagrange , A-M , Launhardt , R , Lenton , T M , Lopez-Puertas , M , Maire , A-L , Mayne , N , Meadows , V , Mennesson , B , Micela , G , Miguel , Y , Milli , J , Min , M , de Mooij , E , Mouillet , D , N’Diaye , M , D’Orazi , V , Palle , E , Pagano , I , Piotto , G , Queloz , D , Rauer , H , Ribas , I , Ruane , G , Selsis , F , Sozzetti , A , Stam , D , Stark , C C , Vigan , A & de Visser , P 2021 , ' Detecting life outside our solar system with a large high-contrast-imaging mission ' , Experimental Astronomy , vol. First Online . https://doi.org/10.1007/s10686-021-09803-y
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