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The Habitable Exoplanet (HabEx) imaging mission concept: preliminary science drivers and technical requirements

Show simple item record Mennesson, Bertrand Gaudi, Scott Seager, Sara Cahoy, Kerri Domagal-Goldman, Shawn Feinberg, Lee Guyon, Olivier Kasdin, Jeremy Marois, Christian Mawet, Dimitri Motohide, Tamura Mouillet, David Prusti, Timo Quirrenbach, Andreas Robinson, Tyler Rogers, Leslie Scowen, Paul Somerville, Rachel Stapelfeldt, Karl Stern, Daniel Still, Martin Turnbull, Margaret Booth, Jeffrey Kiessling, Alina Kuan, Gary Warfield, Keith 2019-06-06T19:38:22Z 2019-06-06T19:38:22Z 2016-06-26
dc.identifier.citation SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2016, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 26 - July 1, 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 16-3992
dc.description.abstract HabEx is one of 4 possible NASA flagship mission concepts studied for a possible launch in the 2030s. It will be optimized for direct imaging and spectroscopy of habitable exoplanets, and will also enable a wide range of general astrophysics observations. HabEx shall characterize full 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. It will in particular explore our nearest neighbor planetary systems and search for signs of habitability and bio-signatures in the atmospheres of rocky planets. Such high spatial resolution high contrast observations require a large (~3.5 to 8m) stable diffraction- limited optical space telescope, which also opens new unique capabilities for studying the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. We present here 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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2016 en_US
dc.subject Exoplanets en_US
dc.subject biosignatures en_US
dc.subject high contrast imaging en_US
dc.subject galaxy formation and evolution en_US
dc.subject coronagraph en_US
dc.subject starshade en_US
dc.title The Habitable Exoplanet (HabEx) imaging mission concept: preliminary science drivers and technical requirements en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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