SETI bioastro: GSFC scientists on teams selected for Terrestrial Planet Finder

From: Larry Klaes (lklaes@bbn.com)
Date: Thu Apr 27 2000 - 13:42:07 PDT


Teams Picked to Develop Planet Finder Concepts Include GSFC Scientists

Goddard scientists are on one of the winning teams, the team led by SVS,
Inc. of Albuquerque, N.M., selected to conduct a 2-year long effort to
develop mission concepts for the Terrestrial Planet Finder. The
Terrestrial Planet Finder is an ambitious mission in NASA's Origins Program
that will look for possible life-supporting planets around other stars.
Goddard scientists on the SVS team are Bill Danchi, Harvey Moseley and Dan
Gezari of code 685; Richard Lyon of code 550. The science team will provide
concept formulation, architecture analysis, modeling and simulation,
instrument design and science assessment. Lyon is the senior scientist on
the science team and will lead the electro-optical analysis and simulation.
Gezari is the lead for the science and architecture study. More
information about Terrestrial Planet Finder can be found at:

http://tpf.jpl.nasa.gov

The Origins Program seeks to understand our cosmic roots by detailing how
galaxies, stars, planets, and the chemicals necessary for life formed and
developed in the universe. Its other primary goal is to search for the
presence of life on distant worlds, answering the question "Are we alone?"
Details about the Origins Program can be found at:

http://origins.jpl.nasa.gov

For more on this story, go to:

http://pao.gsfc.nasa.gov/gsfc/gnews/042800/042800.htm#planet



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