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Detecting life outside our solar system with a large high-contrast-imaging mission

Abstract : Abstract 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.
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Submitted on : Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - 11:17:58 AM
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Ignas Snellen, F. Snik, M. Kenworthy, S. Albrecht, G. Anglada-Escudé, et al.. Detecting life outside our solar system with a large high-contrast-imaging mission. Experimental Astronomy, Springer Link, 2021, ⟨10.1007/s10686-021-09803-y⟩. ⟨hal-03432566⟩



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