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What you need to know about Exoplanets research: ISU SSP14 Presentation


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 August 7th, 2014: All team projects done by the participants of the 27th Space Studies Program (SSP14) of the International Space University (ISU) were presented at École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) de Montréal, Québec, Canada, an event co-hosted by ETS and HEC Montréal (HEC).

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SSP14 attracted 122 participants, representing 31 countries, to a program that showcased ISU’s first all-female international astronaut panel.

The first women panel was with Julie Payette, Retired CSA Astronaut and Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Centre, Soyeon Yi, Korean Astronaut Program astronaut and first South Korean in space, Shannon Walker, NASA Astronaut, Wang Yaping, China National Space Administration Astronaut and People’s Liberation Army Air Force Captain. Source [Img1]

The first women panel was with Julie Payette, Retired Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut and Chief Operating Officer of the Montreal Science Centre, Soyeon Yi, Korean Astronaut Program astronaut and first South Korean in space, Shannon Walker, NASA Astronaut and Wang Yaping, China National Space Administration Astronaut and People’s Liberation Army Air Force Captain. Source [Img1]

SSP14 has also focus on “new space” and entrepreneurism with faculty and lecturers from around the globe, a steady presence of Canadian astronauts, and a warm “bienvenue” from Canada’s only French-speaking province.

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TP EXOPLANETS (TP EXO)

Eric Choi

Eric Choi

The last team project presented was on Exoplanets (EXO). The Chair of this project was Eric Choi, Aerospace engineer and writer, from Canada. The Teaching Associate was Thomas Wilson, from UK.

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Thomas Wilson

 

 

Introduction

As described in the ISU SSP14 web site, this team project is intended to expand upon existing initiatives in three ways: first, to engage the interest and capacities of people from additional countries and agencies; second, to go beyond classic science and address the social consequences of current and coming discoveries; and third, to document ways for increasing the yield of both space-based and ground-‐based investigations through improved communications and collaboration amongst researchers worldwide

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As both ground-based and space-based observational and analytical tools improve, an increasing number of exoplanets are being discovered. But finding and characterizing exoplanets is extremely difficult, and the fundamental physics of the problem conventionally necessitate space missions like Kepler and CoroT that typically cost on the order of hundreds of millions of dollars. One of the objectives of this team project will be to identify ways in which emerging spacefaring nations and developing countries could participate in exoplanet research, potentially through the use of low-cost nanosatellites like the ExoplanetSat mission proposed by MIT. The team project should also address the social consequences of current and future exoplanet discoveries, as well as document ways for increasing the science return from both space- and ground-based investigations through improved communications and collaborations amongst international researchers.

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Project Objectives

The main objectives of this team project are:

  • To document ways for increasing the science return from both space- and ground-based investigations through improved communications and collaborations amongst international researchers.
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Observatories and universities doing research on Exoplanets. Source [Img2]

  • To identify ways in which emerging spacefaring nations and developing countries could participate in exoplanet research, for example, the ExoplanetSat nanosatellite proposed by MIT.
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One of the objectives is to bring all those groups to work together on Exoplanets research. Source [Img2]

  • To address the social consequences of exoplanet discoveries.
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Location of past, present and future missions to find Exoplanets. Source [Img2]

  • To have a positive educational experience in learning how teamwork and problem solving are achieved in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment with time and resource constraints.
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Exponential growth of confirmed and candidates exoplanets preview. Source [Img2]

  • To produce a report with practical and actionable recommendations that will assist decision makers and influence the future direction of international exoplanet research.

 

Project presentation

The team Exoplanets presentation:

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The 28th edition of the Space Studies Program (SSP15) will be held at Athens, Ohio, USA, from June 8th through August 7th 2015.

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