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

Ignas Snellen, F Snik, M Kenworthy, C.U. Keller, Eric De Mooij, S. Albrecht, O Krause, L. Kreidberg, D.M. Stam, More Authors

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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. © 2021, The Author(s).

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