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The far future of exoplanet direct characterization

Schneider, Jean; Léger, Alain; Fridlund, Malcolm; White, Glenn J.; Eiroa, Carlos; Henning, Thomas; Herbst, Tom; Lammer, Helmut; Liseau, René; Paresce, Francesco; Penny, Alan; Quirrenbach, Andreas; Röttgering, Huub; Selsis, Franck; Beichman, Charles; Danchi, William; Kaltenegger, Lisa; Lunine, Jonathan; Stam, Daphne and Tinetti, Giovanna (2010). The far future of exoplanet direct characterization. Astrobiology, 10(1) pp. 121–126.

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We describe future steps in the direct characterization of habitable exoplanets subsequent to medium and large
mission projects currently underway and investigate the benefits of spectroscopic and direct imaging approaches.
We show that, after third- and fourth-generation missions have been conducted over the course of the next 100 years, a significant amount of time will lapse before we will have the capability to observe directly the morphology of extrasolar organisms.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
ISSN: 1557-8070
Keywords: far future missions; direct imaging; high-resolution spectroscopy; habitable exoplanets; exo-moons—surface features
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 24945
Depositing User: Tracy Bartlett
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2010 17:22
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2014 15:05
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