The Next 40 Years of Exoplanets
Web archive of the meeting
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Media coverage of the meeting
Planet-hunting pioneer calls for probe to Alpha Centauri Nature News Blog May 27, 2011
Rage against the dying of the light Astrobiology Magazine June 2, 2011
The field of exoplanets is maturing but still
with huge unrealized potential. At the same time,
parts of the field of exoplanet research are
saturating, and the holy grail to find and identify
an Earth analog via a Terrestrial Planet
Finder/Darwin-type mission is looking more and more
distant. Professor Seager convened her exoplanet
friends (most with assigned topics) to
give short (10 mins) provocative and visionary talks
on where and how the field of exoplanets should move
Invited speakers and topics
"Out of the Shadows"
Prof. Sara Seager (MIT) “Opening Remarks”
Prof. David Charbonneau (Harvard University) “The (Second) Closest Earth”
Dr. Drake Deming (NASA/GSFC) “Finding the Key Atmospheres, and Beyond”
Prof. Vikki Meadows (U. Washington) “A Futuristic Virtual Planetary Laboratory”
Prof. Geoff Marcy (UC Berkeley) "Hidden Challenges"
Dr. Shawn Murphy (Draper Labs) "The Nature of Space Exploration and the Future of Our Civilization"
Prof. Sara Seager (MIT) "The Legacy of Exoplanets around the Nearest Stars"
Prof. Natalie Batalha (San Jose State U.) "Kepler Status and Prospects"
Matt Smith (Aero/Astro graduate student MIT) "ExoplanetSat"
Dr. Matt Mountain (STScI Director) "Does JWST = TPF-C?"
Prof. Dimitar Sasselov (Harvard) "Exoplanets and the Origin of Life"
Dr. William Bains (MIT and Rufus Scientific) "New Life and New Civilizations: Exoplanets and Astrobiology"
Dr. Lisa Kaltenegger (MPIA) "Exoplanet Characterization by 2050"
Rebecca Jensen-Clem (Physics undergraduate student, MIT) "The Future of Exoplanet Science"
Mary Knapp (Aero/Astro undergraduate student, MIT) "The Future of Exoplanet Detection and Characterization: Engineering Challenges"
Dr. John Grunsfeld (STScI Deputy Director and Former Astronaut) "TBD"
(Dr. Grunsfeld's talk really is titled TBD)