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NASA Selects Instrument Team to Build Next-Gen Planet Hunter

Congratulations to GSFC team members Mike McElwain, Qian Gong, and Ravi Kopparapu. NASA has selected a team to build a new, cutting-edge instrument that will detect planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, by measuring the miniscule “wobbling” of stars. The instrument will be the centerpiece of a new partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) called the NASA-NSF Exoplanet Observational Research program, or NN-EXPLORE.
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The Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory studies the formation and evolution of stars and planetary systems using advanced telescopes and theoretical techniques. We develop new technology and ideas that help us understand our place in the universe. Research also contributes to the search for Earth-like planets and habitable environments around other stars. Key areas of research include exoplanet searches and theoretical modeling, stellar debris disks, young stellar objects, stellar astrophysics, and numerical modeling of planetary system evolution.

Astrophysical Research:
Extrasolar Planets, Debris Disks, Young Stellar Objects, Stellar Astrophysics, Theory, Coronagraphic imagers, Ultraviolet detectors, Integral Field Spectroscopy

Hubble, Herschel, LBTI, TESS, JWST, WFC3, STIS

Future Mission Concepts

Our Exoplanets Seminar Series meets Tuesdays at 11:30 in Build. 34, Rm. E215.

The Stellar and Extragalactic Astronomy Lunch meets Thursdays at noon in Build. 34, Rm. E215.

2012 National Capital Area Disks Meeting

Interested in joining our team?
Apply for a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) fellowship, a NASA Graduate Student fellowship or for a Sagan fellowship. Next due dates: Jul 1 (NPP), Nov 5 (Sagan).

As part of the EPOXI mission's objectives to characterize the Earth as a planet for comparison with planets around other stars, the spacecraft looked back at Earth collecting a series of images.

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