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The Super-Earth Opportunity - Search for Habitable Exoplanets in the 2020s

Hu, Renyu and Beichman, Charles A. and Brain, David and Chen, Pin and Damiano, Mario and Dawson, Rebekah and Friedson, A. James and Hasagawa, Yasuhiro and Howard, Andrew and Johnson, Robert and Kataria, Tiffany and Kidd, Richard and Kite, Edwin and Knutson, Heather and Lyra, Wladimir and Mischna, Michael and Planavsky, Noah and Reinhard, Chris and Schlichting, Hilke and Seager, Sara and Sotin, Christophe and Swain, Mark and Turner, Neal and West, Robert and Yung, Yuk and Zellem, Robert (2019) The Super-Earth Opportunity - Search for Habitable Exoplanets in the 2020s. . (Unpublished)

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The recent discovery of a staggering diversity of planets beyond the Solar System has brought with it a greatly expanded search space for habitable worlds. The Kepler exoplanet survey has revealed that most planets in our interstellar neighborhood are larger than Earth and smaller than Neptune. Collectively termed super-Earths and mini-Neptunes, some of these planets may have the conditions to support liquid water oceans, and thus Earth-like biology, despite differing in many ways from our own planet. In addition to their quantitative abundance, super-Earths are relatively large and are thus more easily detected than true Earth twins. As a result, super-Earths represent a uniquely powerful opportunity to discover and explore a panoply of fascinating and potentially habitable planets in 2020 - 2030 and beyond.

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Hu, Renyu0000-0003-2215-8485
Beichman, Charles A.0000-0002-5627-5471
Dawson, Rebekah0000-0001-9677-1296
Howard, Andrew0000-0001-8638-0320
Kataria, Tiffany0000-0003-3759-9080
Kite, Edwin0000-0002-1426-1186
Knutson, Heather0000-0002-0822-3095
Lyra, Wladimir0000-0002-3768-7542
Mischna, Michael0000-0002-8022-5319
Seager, Sara0000-0002-6892-6948
Yung, Yuk0000-0002-4263-2562
Zellem, Robert0000-0001-7547-0398
Additional Information:The research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC), Astronomy Department
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:17 Dec 2019 18:53
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