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The Habitable Exoplanet (HabEx) Imaging Mission: preliminary science drivers and technical requirements

[+] Author Affiliations
Bertrand Mennesson, Scott Gaudi, Karl Stapelfeldt, Daniel Stern, Jeffrey Booth, Alina Kiessling, Gary Kuan, Keith Warfield

Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Sara Seager

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Kerri Cahoy

The Ohio State Univ. (United States)

Shawn Domagal-Goldman, Lee Feinberg

NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

Olivier Guyon

The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Jeremy Kasdin

Princeton Univ. (United States)

Christian Marois

NRC, Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada)

Dimitri Mawet

California Institute of Technology (United States)

Motohide Tamura

The Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)

David Mouillet

Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (France)

Timo Prusti

European Space Agency (Netherlands)

Andreas Quirrenbach

Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)

Tyler Robinson

Univ. of Washington (United States)

Leslie Rogers

Univ. of Chicago (United States)

Paul Scowen

Arizona State Univ. (United States)

Rachel Somerville

Rutgers Univ. (United States)

Martin Still

NASA Headquarters (United States)

Margaret Turnbull

Global Science Institute (United States)

Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99040L (August 24, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2240457
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  • Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
  • Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Makenzie Lystrup; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom | June 26, 2016

abstract

HabEx is one of four candidate flagship missions being studied in detail by NASA, to be submitted for consideration to the 2020 Decadal Survey in Astronomy and Astrophysics for possible launch in the 2030s. It will be optimized for direct imaging and spectroscopy of potentially habitable exoplanets, and will also enable a wide range of general astrophysics science. HabEx aims to fully characterize planetary systems around nearby solar-type stars for the first time, including rocky planets, possible water worlds, gas giants, ice giants, and faint circumstellar debris disks. In particular, it will explore our nearest neighbors and search for signs of habitability and biosignatures in the atmospheres of rocky planets in the habitable zones of their parent stars. Such high spatial resolution, high contrast observations require a large (roughly greater than 3.5m), stable, and diffraction-limited optical space telescope. Such a telescope also opens up unique capabilities for studying the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. We present some preliminary science objectives identified for HabEx by our Science and Technology Definition Team (STDT), together with a first look at the key challenges and design trades ahead. © (2016) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Citation

Bertrand Mennesson ; Scott Gaudi ; Sara Seager ; Kerri Cahoy ; Shawn Domagal-Goldman, et al.
" The Habitable Exoplanet (HabEx) Imaging Mission: preliminary science drivers and technical requirements ", Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99040L (August 24, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2240457; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2240457


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