The Perfect Planet

Adam Mann
Sunday, June 19, 2016

EAPS planetary scientist Sara Seager argues that the concept of the habitable zone, isn't really that helpful anymore.

Read Seager's argument in this news article from the May 31 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Sara Seager is an astrophysicist and planetary scientist who focuses on theory, computation, and data analysis of exoplanets. Her research has introduced many new ideas to the field of exoplanet characterization, including work that led to the first detection of an exoplanet atmosphere. Professor Seager’s space instrumentation group is focusing on “ExoplanetSat”, a 3U CubeSat capable of high precision pointing, with the science goal of detecting small transiting exoplanets orbiting bright, sun-like stars. The prototype is intended to be the first of a planned fleet of nanosatellites, aimed to demonstrate the graduated growth of a constellation as a new paradigm for space science missions. In addition to being the PI of ExoplanetSat, Professor Seager is co-leading CommCube, a platform to demonstrate novel small satellite space communication technology, and is involved in the MIT-Harvard REXIS instrument on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission.

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