19 August 2009 Terrestrial Planet Finder: coda to 10 years of technology development
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The Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF) was proposed as a mission concept to the 2000 Decadal Survey, and received a very high ranking amongst the major initiatives that were then reviewed. As proposed, it was a formationflying array of four 3.5-m class mid-infrared telescopes, linked together as an interferometer. Its science goal was to survey approximately 150 nearby stars for the presence of Earth-like planets, to detect signs of life or habitability, and to enable revolutionary advances in high angular resolution astrophysics. The Decadal Survey Committee recommended that $200M be invested to advance TPF technology development in the Decade of 2000-2010. This paper presents the results of NASA's investment.
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Peter R. Lawson, Peter R. Lawson, } "Terrestrial Planet Finder: coda to 10 years of technology development", Proc. SPIE 7440, Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets IV, 744002 (19 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825043; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.825043
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