NSN Telecon for June: 50 Years of Exoplanet Science - The View from 2045 (UPDATE)

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NSN Members joined us for a special members-only telecon on July 21, 2015. Our special guest  was be Dr. Charles Beichman, the Executive Director of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at the California Institute of Technology. His talk was on: 50 Years of Exoplanet Science: the View from 2045
Slides, audio, and transcipts are now available on our dedicated resource page.

More details on our speaker and the talk are available below.

50 Years of Exoplanet Science: The View From 2045
This year astronomers celebrate  the 20th anniversary of the first detection of a planet around a typical  star. Since that time, we have detected over 1800 planets of all types: big and small, hot and cold, gaseous or rocky. But the best is still to come as we consider new telescopes to detect and characterize the physical properties of these planets, including analogs of our own Earth in the Habitable Zones of nearby stars. I will discuss what we have learned about the prevalence and architectures of planetary systems and how that information will help us to look for signs of life on nearby habitable worlds.
About our Speaker:
Dr. Charles Beichman
Executive Director, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
California Institute of Technology and Jet Propulsion Lab
Dr. Beichman has been a leader in infrared astronomy and exoplanet science for over 25 years, with key leadership roles in the IRAS and 2MASS sky surveys as well as playing important roles on the instrument  teams for the Spitzer Space Telescope  and the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). For JWST, he leads the exoplanet group within JWST’s NIRCAM instrument team. As Chief Scientist for Astrophysics at JPL, Dr. Beichman played a critical role in establishing NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program, serving as head of the Science Working Group for the Terrestrial Planet Finder. He is presently Executive Director of  NASA's Exoplanet Science Institute.
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