5 August 2010 THESIS: the terrestrial habitable-zone exoplanet spectroscopy infrared spacecraft
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THESIS, the Transiting Habitable-zone Exoplanet Spectroscopy Infrared Spacecraft, is a concept for a medium/Probe class exoplanet mission. Building on the recent Spitzer successes in exoplanet characterization, THESIS would extend these types of measurements to super-Earth-like planets. A strength of the THESIS concept is simplicity, low technical risk, and modest cost. The mission concept has the potential to dramatically advance our understanding of conditions on extrasolar worlds and could serve as a stepping stone to more ambitious future missions. We envision this mission as a joint US-European effort with science objectives that resonate with both the traditional astronomy and planetary science communities.
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Mark R. Swain, Gautam Vasisht, Thomas Henning, Giovanna Tinetti, Jean-Phillippe Beaulieu, "THESIS: the terrestrial habitable-zone exoplanet spectroscopy infrared spacecraft", Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 773125 (5 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.857664; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.857664


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