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27 June 2006 Status of the Terrestrial Planet Finder Interferometer (TPF-I)
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The interferometric version of the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF-I) has the potential to find and characterize earth-sized planets in the habitable zones of over 250 nearby stars and to search for life using biomarkers in the atmospheres of any planets found. The scientific case for such a mission continues to be strengthened by on-going progress in the detection of planets via indirect means. This paper summarizes the status of TPF-I, illustrative scientific requirements for the mission, and its enabling technologies.
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Charles Beichman, Peter Lawson, Oliver Lay, Asif Ahmed, Steve Unwin, and K. Johnston "Status of the Terrestrial Planet Finder Interferometer (TPF-I)", Proc. SPIE 6268, Advances in Stellar Interferometry, 62680S (27 June 2006); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.673583
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