Block That Star!
How can we find other Earths if their suns keep blinding us?
- By Tony Reichhardt
- Air & Space magazine, September 2009
NASA, ESA, UC Berkeley, NASA Goddard SFC, LLNL, JPL
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That kind of schedule makes Cash fidget. He’s angling for a scaled-down, near-term demonstration project. An even fonder hope is that his starshade could be used with NASA’s next big orbiting observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, due to launch in 2014; that plan would save the billions of dollars required for a dedicated telescope and could advance the timetable for imaging Earth-like planets by a decade or more.
Tony Reichhardt is an Air & Space senior editor.