26 August 2009 The New Worlds Observer: the astrophysics strategic mission concept study
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We present the 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.
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Webster Cash, Webster Cash, Stephen Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick, Charley Noecker, Charley Noecker, John Bally, John Bally, Julia DeMarines, Julia DeMarines, James Green, James Green, Phillip Oakley, Phillip Oakley, Ann Shipley, Ann Shipley, Scott Benson, Scott Benson, Steve Oleson, Steve Oleson, David Content, David Content, Dave Folta, Dave Folta, Sharon Garrison, Sharon Garrison, Keith Gendreau, Keith Gendreau, Kate Hartman, Kate Hartman, Joseph Howard, Joseph Howard, Tupper Hyde, Tupper Hyde, Darryl Lakins, Darryl Lakins, Jesse Leitner, Jesse Leitner, Douglas Leviton, Douglas Leviton, Rich Luquette, Rich Luquette, Bill Oegerley, Bill Oegerley, Karen Richon, Karen Richon, Aki Roberge, Aki Roberge, Steve Tompkins, Steve Tompkins, June Tveekrem, June Tveekrem, Bruce Woodgate, Bruce Woodgate, Margaret Turnbull, Margaret Turnbull, Dean Dailey, Dean Dailey, Kent Decker, Kent Decker, Reza Dehmohseni, Reza Dehmohseni, Brian Gaugh, Brian Gaugh, Tiffany Glassman, Tiffany Glassman, Mickey Haney, Mickey Haney, Reem Hejal, Reem Hejal, Charles Lillie, Charles Lillie, Amy Lo, Amy Lo, David O'Conner, David O'Conner, Gina Oleas, Gina Oleas, Ronald Polidan, Ronald Polidan, Rocco Samuele, Rocco Samuele, Stephen Shields, Stephen Shields, James Shirvanian, James Shirvanian, David SooHoo, David SooHoo, Giovanna Tinetti, Giovanna Tinetti, Bryan Dorland, Bryan Dorland, Rachel Dudik, Rachel Dudik, Ralph Gaume, Ralph Gaume, Brian Mason, Brian Mason, } "The New Worlds Observer: the astrophysics strategic mission concept study", Proc. SPIE 7436, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV, 743606 (26 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.827486; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.827486
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