ESA Voyage 2050 White Paper: Detecting life outside our solar system with a large high-contrast-imaging mission

Ignas Snellen Simon Albrecht Guillem Anglada-Escudé 1 Isabelle Baraffe 2 Pierre Baudoz 3 Willy Benz 4 Jean-Luc Beuzit Beth Biller 5 Jayne Birkby Anthony Boccaletti 6 Roy van Boekel 5 Jos de Boer Matteo Brogi Lars Buchhave 7 Ludmila Carone 5 Mark Claire 8 Riccardo Claudi 9 Brice-Olivier Demory 10 Jean-Michel Désert 11 Silvano Desidera 9 Scott Gaudi Raffaele Gratton 9 Michael Gillon 12 John Lee Grenfell 13 Olivier Guyon 14 Thomas Henning 5 Sasha Hinkley 15 Elsa Huby 16 Markus Janson 5 Christiane Helling 17 Kevin Heng 10 Markus Kasper 18 Christoph Keller Matthew Kenworthy 19 Oliver Krause Laura Kreidberg 20 Nikku Madhusudhan 21 Anne-Marie Lagrange Ralf Launhardt 5 Tim Lenton Manuel López-Puertas 22 Anne-Lise Maire 16 Nathan Mayne 15 Victoria Meadows 23 Bertrand Mennesson Giuseppina Micela 24 Yamila Miguel Julien Milli 25 Michiel Min Ernst de Mooij David Mouillet 26 Mamadou N'Diaye Valentina d'Orazi 9 Enric Palle Isabella Pagano Giampaolo Piotto Didier Queloz 27 Heike Rauer 28 Ignasi Ribas 29 Garreth Ruane 30 Franck Selsis 31 Frans Snik Alessandro Sozzetti Daphne Stam 32 Christopher Stark Arthur Vigan 33 Pieter de Visser
31 ECLIPSE 2019
LAB - Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux [Pessac]
Abstract : In this white paper, we recommend the European Space Agency 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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Ignas Snellen, Simon Albrecht, Guillem Anglada-Escudé, Isabelle Baraffe, Pierre Baudoz, et al.. ESA Voyage 2050 White Paper: Detecting life outside our solar system with a large high-contrast-imaging mission. 2019. ⟨hal-02282393⟩

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