This volume addresses a new opportunity in the planetary sciences—to extend our exploration outward to discover and study planetary systems that may have formed or are forming around other stars.
It concludes that a coordinated program of astronomical observation, laboratory research, theoretical development, and understanding of the dynamics and origins of whatever may be found would be a technologically feasible and potentially richly rewarding extension of the study of bodies within the solar system.
Table of Contents
|2. Basic Scientific Goals||18-20|
|3. Present Understanding of the Origin of Planetary Systems||21-33|
|4. Observations of Extrasolar Planetary and Protoplanetary Material||34-43|
|5. Observational Requirements for Identification of Extrasolar-System Planets||44-56|
|6. Future Investigations of Precursor Planetary Systems||57-66|
|7. Relation to Other Astronomical and Astrophysical Studies||67-74|
|Appendix A: The Large Star Sample Required for a Photometric Planetary Search||83-85|
|Appendix B: List of Members, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Resources||86-86|
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