The past decade has delivered remarkable discoveries in the study of exoplanets. Hand-in-hand with these advances, a theoretical understanding of the myriad of processes that dictate the formation and evolution of planets has matured, spurred on by the avalanche of unexpected discoveries. Appreciation of the factors that make a planet hospitable to life has grown in sophistication, as has understanding of the context for biosignatures, the remotely detectable aspects of a planet’s atmosphere or surface that reveal the presence of life.
Exoplanet Science Strategy highlights strategic priorities for large, coordinated efforts that will support the scientific goals of the broad exoplanet science community. This report outlines a strategic plan that will answer lingering questions through a combination of large, ambitious community-supported efforts and support for diverse, creative, community-driven investigator research.
Table of Contents
|1 Scientific Goals||6-9|
|2 The State of the Field of Exoplanets||10-41|
|3 Outlining the Exoplanet Science Strategy||42-64|
|4 Implementing the Exoplanet Science Strategy||65-129|
|5 Opportunities for Coordination between Organizations and for Cooperation with Industrial and International Partners||130-131|
|6 Timeline for the Exoplanet Science Strategy||132-138|
|Appendix A: Statement of Task||141-141|
|Appendix B: White Papers||142-147|
|Appendix C: Exoplanet Detection Methods||148-154|
|Appendix D: Biosignature Table||155-157|
|Appendix E: Committee and Staff Biographical Information||158-163|
|Appendix F: Acronyms||164-167|
|Appendix G: Glossary||168-172|
In this public briefing video, study chairs David Charbonneau and Scott Gaudi discuss the report's key findings and recommendations and take questions from the audience.
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