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12 July 2008 THESIS: terrestrial and habitable zone infrared spectroscopy spacecraft
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THESIS is a concept for a medium class mission designed for spectroscopic characterization of extrasolar planets between 2-14 microns. The concept leverages off the recent first-steps made by Spitzer and Hubble in characterizing the atmospheres of alien gas giants. Under favourable circumstances, THESIS is capable of identifying biogenic molecules in habitable-zone planets, thereby determining conditions on worlds where life might exist. By systematically characterizing many worlds, from rocky planets to gas-giants, THESIS would deliver transformational science of profound interest to astronomers and the general public.
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G. Vasisht, M. R. Swain, R. L. Akeson, A. Burrows, D. Deming, C. J. Grillmair, and T. P. Greene "THESIS: terrestrial and habitable zone infrared spectroscopy spacecraft", Proc. SPIE 7010, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2008: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 70103U (12 July 2008); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.787688
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