View Full Version : upcoming missions hunting exoplanets

2005-Aug-13, 02:16 AM
How many are to be launched and what are they? After two months in the Virgin Islands away from... well, all civilization really 8) I've forgotten. Names, links for the next 5-10 years appreciated.

Manchurian Taikonaut
2005-Aug-13, 05:11 AM
Upcoming Space telescopes

Corot search for rockey world's 2006 - ESA/France
HST Astrometry
ESA and NASA Infrared Imaging and Spectroscopy
Canada's MOST
USA's NASA-Kepler launched in 2007


Ground work

Radial velocity search in Hawaii and Europe
Berlin Exoplanet search for Transit
Microlensing Planet Search Project (MPS)
Photometry and Astrometry search
Anglo-Australian Planet Search Program
ESO site
Antarctic Plateau Interferometer (API)

Ultra Space Scopes and Mega ground scopes in the future

Gaia (ESA)
JWST ( Hubble II )
ESA's Darwin

Launch window
2006-Feb-14, 05:17 AM
Close-Up on the Kepler Mission
Many of you may have observed the transit of Venus in 2004, and almost all of you saw images on the Internet and in the news of this rare and amazing event. The next transit of Venus won’t occur until June 6, 2012. After that, it will be another 115 years until the next one. If you missed it in 2004 and can’t wait until 2012 or 2117, cheer up: The next transit of an Earth-sized planet will likely be observed in 2008 by the NASA Discovery Program’s Kepler Mission.

NASA Administrator Michael Griffin :
I do think that it is important to note that we are delaying missions, not simply abandoning them. We will still do the Space Interferometry Mission, the Terrestrial Planet Finder, and the Global Precipitation Monitoring mission. We will not do them right now.
In making a decision concerning what to delay and what to keep on schedule to the extent possible, I determined that delays in starting SIM, TPF, and GPM would be less harmful to the space program overall than would further delays to the CEV program. I simply believe that further delays to CEV are strategically more damaging to this nation than are delays to other missions. I stand by this view.