The Far Future of Exoplanet Direct Characterization
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2010

We describe future steps in the direct characterization of habitable exoplanets subsequent to medium and large mission projects currently underway and investigate the benefits of spectroscopic and direct imaging approaches. We show that, after third- and fourth-generation missions have been conducted over the course of the next 100 years, a significant amount of time will lapse before we will have the capability to observe directly the morphology of extrasolar organisms.


Far future missions

extra-solar planets



Surface features

Habitable exoplanets

Direct imaging

High-resolution spectroscopy



J. Schneider

Observatoire de Paris-Meudon

A. Leger

Université Paris-Sud

M. Fridlund

European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA ESTEC)

G. J. White

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Open University

C. Eiroa

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM)

T. Henning

Max Planck-institutet

T. Herbst

Max Planck-institutet

H. Lammer

Institut fur Weltraumforschung

René Liseau

Chalmers, Institutionen för radio- och rymdvetenskap, Radioastronomi och astrofysik

F. Paresce

Istituto nazionale di astrofisica (INAF)

A. Penny

Royal Observatory

Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

A. Quirrenbach

Landessternwarte Heidelberg-Königstuhl

H. Rottgering

Universiteit Leiden

F. Selsis

Université de Bordeaux

C. Beichman

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

W. Danchi

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

L. Kaltenegger

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

J. Lunine

University of Arizona

D. Stam

Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON)

G. Tinetti

University College London (UCL)


1531-1074 (ISSN)

Vol. 10 1 121-126


Astronomi, astrofysik och kosmologi


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