EPJ Web of Conferences
Volume 16, 2011Research, Science and Technology of Brown Dwarfs and Exoplanets: Proceedings of an International Conference held in Shangai on Occasion of a Total Eclipse of the Sun
|Number of page(s)||8|
|Published online||18 July 2011|
The new worlds observer: The astrophysics strategic mission concept study
1 University of Colorado
We present some results of the Astrophysics Strategic Mission Concept Study for the New Worlds Observer (NWO). We show that the use of starshades is the most effective and affordable path to mapping and understanding our neighboring planetary systems, to opening the search for life outside our solar system, while serving the needs of the greater astronomy community. A starshade-based mission can be implemented immediately with a near term program of technology demonstration.
© Owned by the authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2011
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