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Exoplanet Exploration Program

In January 2013, the NASA Astrophysics Division initiated the formation of two Science and Technology Definition Teams (STDTs) to study probe-scale (cost less than $1B) mission concepts for the direct detection of extrasolar planets orbiting nearby stars. One will study a concept based on a telescope with an internal cononagraph to generate the ultra-high contrast images needed for planet detection. A second study will use a pair of spacecraft flying in formation - a telescope and an external occulter (starshade). The STDTs are supported by a Design Team staffed by the Exoplanet Exploration Program. Final Reports from the studies will be due by January 2015.

               Chair: Sara Seager (MIT)                Chair: Karl Stapelfeldt (GSFC)
  • Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) Meeting - March 3-5, 2014
                    Presentation of Interim Report to the CAA (Exo-S) – (Video 1) (Video 2)
                    Presentation of Interim Report to the CAA (Exo-C)

STDT Meetings
  • First joint meeting: July 1-2, 2013 at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
  • Second joint meeting: September 11-12, 2013 at MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • Third joint meeting: November 13-15 2013 at JPL, Pasadena, CA
  • Fourth Meeting (Exo-S): January 28-29, 2014, Washington DC
  • Fourth Meeting (Exo-C): February 3-5, 2014, JPL, Pasadena CA