||Topic - Pointing the
Way to Exoplanetary Systems - New Initiatives in Space Astronomy
and the Legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope
Pointing the Way to Exoplanetary Systems - New Initiatives in
Space Astronomy and the Legacy of the Hubble Space
presented by Dr. John Trauger
JPL Senior Research Scientist, Division of Earth and Space
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soon can we expect to see images of planetary systems orbiting
the stars in our nearby galactic neighborhood? Space and
ground-based astronomical observatories will play pivotal roles
in the search for planetary systems other than our own. However,
they all share the fundamental challenge of imaging planets in
the presence of an overwhelming glare of starlight from their
central stars. The path to these exoplanetary systems will follow
new emerging technologies- building on the legacy of the Hubble
Space Telescope, and largely as an outgrowth of NASA's
Terrestrial Planet Finder initiative. Direct observations of
planetary systems will commence with pioneering space astronomy
missions such as Kepler and Eclipse, the James Webb Space
Telescope, and ultimately the Terrestrial Planet Finder mission.
This presentation is an overview of the advances we may expect to
see in the coming decade, in the astronomy of nearby planetary