Detecting life outside our solar system with a large high-contrast-imaging mission

Ignas A.G. Snellen, F. Snik, M. Kenworthy, S. Albrecht, G. Anglada-Escudé, I. Baraffe, P. Baudoz, W. Benz, J. L. Beuzit, B. Biller, J. L. Birkby, A. Boccaletti, R. van Boekel, J. de Boer, Matteo Brogi, L. Buchhave, L. Carone, M. Claire, R. Claudi, B. O. DemoryJ. M. Désert, S. Desidera, B. S. Gaudi, R. Gratton, M. Gillon, J. L. Grenfell, O. Guyon, T. Henning, S. Hinkley, E. Huby, M. Janson, C. Helling, K. Heng, M. Kasper, C. U. Keller, O. Krause, L. Kreidberg, N. Madhusudhan, A. M. Lagrange, R. Launhardt, T. M. Lenton, M. Lopez-Puertas, A. L. Maire, N. Mayne, V. Meadows, B. Mennesson, G. Micela, Y. Miguel, J. Milli, M. Min, E. de Mooij, D. Mouillet, M. N’Diaye, V. D’Orazi, E. Palle, I. Pagano, G. Piotto, D. Queloz, H. Rauer, I. Ribas, G. Ruane, F. Selsis, A. Sozzetti, D. Stam, C. C. Stark, A. Vigan, Pieter de Visser

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Abstract

In this White Paper, which was submitted in response to the European Space Agency (ESA) Voyage 2050 Call, we recommend the ESA plays a proactive role in developing a global collaborative effort to construct a large high-contrast imaging space telescope, e.g. as currently under study by NASA. Such a mission will be needed to characterize a sizable sample of temperate Earth-like planets in the habitable zones of nearby Sun-like stars and to search for extraterrestrial biological activity. We provide an overview of relevant European expertise, and advocate ESA to start a technology development program towards detecting life outside the Solar System.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1237-1274
Number of pages38
JournalExperimental Astronomy
Volume54
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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