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THESIS: the terrestrial habitable-zone exoplanet spectroscopy infrared spacecraft
Author(s): Mark R. Swain; Gautam Vasisht; Thomas Henning; Giovanna Tinetti; Jean-Phillippe Beaulieu
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Paper Abstract

THESIS, the Transiting Habitable-zone Exoplanet Spectroscopy Infrared Spacecraft, is a concept for a medium/Probe class exoplanet mission. Building on the recent Spitzer successes in exoplanet characterization, THESIS would extend these types of measurements to super-Earth-like planets. A strength of the THESIS concept is simplicity, low technical risk, and modest cost. The mission concept has the potential to dramatically advance our understanding of conditions on extrasolar worlds and could serve as a stepping stone to more ambitious future missions. We envision this mission as a joint US-European effort with science objectives that resonate with both the traditional astronomy and planetary science communities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2010
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 773125 (5 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857664
Show Author Affiliations
Mark R. Swain, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gautam Vasisht, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Thomas Henning, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Germany)
Giovanna Tinetti, Univ. College London (United Kingdom)
Jean-Phillippe Beaulieu, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7731:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann Jr.; Mark C. Clampin; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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