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Astronomical search for origins: Are we alone?

Breckinridge, James B. (2004) Astronomical search for origins: Are we alone? In: UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts. Proceedings of SPIE. No.5166. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 8-12. ISBN 0819450391. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20180725-074440132

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Abstract

Recent advances in astronomical research have led to a much-improved understanding of the evolution of the physical Universe. Recent advances in biology and genetics have led to a much-improved understanding of our biological Universe. Scientists now believe that we have the research tools to begin to answer one of man’s two most compelling research questions: Are we alone? and How did we get here? This paper reviews the requirements and challenges we face to engineer and build the large space-based systems of interferometers and innovative single-aperture telescopes to detect and characterize in detail earth type planets around stars other than our sun.


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Breckinridge, James B.0000-0002-9488-098X
Additional Information:© 2004 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). This research was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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Issue or Number:5166
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Official Citation:James B. Breckinridge, "Astronomical search for origins: Are we alone?", Proc. SPIE 5166, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts, (30 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.507763; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.507763
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