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Terrestrial Planet Finder: the search for life-bearing planets around other stars

Beichman, C. A. (1998) Terrestrial Planet Finder: the search for life-bearing planets around other stars. In: Astronomical Interferometry. Proceedings of SPIE. No.3350. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 719-723. ISBN 9780819427977.

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The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) will detect and characterize Earth-like planets around nearby stars. NASA is currently funding a number of small studies to look at trade-offs in the design of TPF. The possible trade-offs include orbit location (1 to 5 AU), aperture size (4 to 2 m), and physically connected baselines vs. separated spacecraft flying in close formation. The performance of TPF depends critically on the brightness of the local zodiacal dust cloud at the observing site, and on the brightness and degree of structure in the zodiacal dust cloud around other stars. Sensitivity calculations indicate that TPF could accomplish its goals using 4-5 m telescopes operating at 1 AU. Such a mission would have many advantages relative to a mission operating smaller telescopes in lower background conditions at 5 AU.

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Additional Information:© 1998 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The Origins Program at JPL is funded by NASA under contract with the California Institute of Technology.
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Official Citation:Charles A. Beichman, "Terrestrial Planet Finder: the search for life-bearing planets around other stars", Proc. SPIE 3350, Astronomical Interferometry, (24 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317137;
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