24 February 2003 The Galactic Exoplanet Survey Telescope (GEST)
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The Galactic Exoplanet Survey Telescope (GEST) will observe a 2 square degree field in the Galactic bulge to search for extra-solar planets using a gravitational lensing technique. This gravitational lensing technique is the only method employing currently available technology that can detect Earth-mass planets at high signal-to-noise, and can measure the abundance of terrestrial planets as a function of Galactic position. GEST's sensitivity extends down to the mass of Mars, and it can detect hundreds of terrestrial planets with semi-major axes ranging from 0.7 AU to infinity. GEST will be the first truly comprehensive survey of the Galaxy for planets like those in our own Solar System.
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David P. Bennett, David P. Bennett, John Bally, John Bally, I. Bond, I. Bond, Ed Cheng, Ed Cheng, Kem Cook, Kem Cook, Drake Deming, Drake Deming, P. Garnavich, P. Garnavich, Kim Griest, Kim Griest, David Jewitt, David Jewitt, Nick Kaiser, Nick Kaiser, Tod R. Lauer, Tod R. Lauer, Jonathan Lunine, Jonathan Lunine, Gerard Luppino, Gerard Luppino, John C. Mather, John C. Mather, Dante Minniti, Dante Minniti, Stanton J. Peale, Stanton J. Peale, Sun Hong Rhie, Sun Hong Rhie, Jason Rhodes, Jason Rhodes, Jean Schneider, Jean Schneider, George Sonneborn, George Sonneborn, Robert Stevenson, Robert Stevenson, Christopher Stubbs, Christopher Stubbs, Domenick Tenerelli, Domenick Tenerelli, Neville Woolf, Neville Woolf, Phillip Yock, Phillip Yock, } "The Galactic Exoplanet Survey Telescope (GEST)", Proc. SPIE 4854, Future EUV/UV and Visible Space Astrophysics Missions and Instrumentation, (24 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459816; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.459816
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