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

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

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.
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hal-03432566 , version 1 (24-11-2021)

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Ignas Snellen, F. Snik, M. Kenworthy, S. Albrecht, G. Anglada-Escudé, et al.. Detecting life outside our solar system with a large high-contrast-imaging mission. Experimental Astronomy, 2022, 54, pp.1237-1274. ⟨10.1007/s10686-021-09803-y⟩. ⟨hal-03432566⟩
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