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Big Bang to Biosignatures: The LUVOIR Decadal Mission Concept

Dr. Aki Roberge, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
When Jul 20, 2017
from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Where USNO, Building 56, Large Conference Room
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Time:  10:30 (coffee/cookies);  Talk 11:00-12:00 Noon.

Abstract:  The Large UV/Optical/IR Surveyor (LUVOIR) is a concept for a highly capable, multi-wavelength observatory with ambitious science goals.  This mission would enable great leaps forward in a broad range of science, from the epoch of reionization, through galaxy formation and evolution, star and planet formation, to solar system remote sensing.  LUVOIR also has the major goal of characterizing habitable exoplanets around Sun-like stars and searching them for signs of life.

LUVOIR is one of four Decadal Survey Mission Studies initiated in January, 2016.  The final report will be submitted to NASA and then the US National Academies in 2019.  In this talk, I will summarize LUVOIR’s broad and revolutionary science goals.  Then, I’ll explain our current vision for the instrument suite and aperture sizes to be studied.  Finally, I’ll discuss the study process and what will happen over the next years in preparation for the 2020 Decadal Survey.

Brief Bio:  Dr. Aki Roberge is a Research Astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.  Her research focuses on observational studies of planet formation in action around nearby young stars.  In addition, she is extensively involved with development of future space missions.   She is currently serving as the Study Scientist for the Large UV/Optical/Infrared Surveyor (LUVOIR) mission concept – a highly capable, multi-wavelength future space observatory with ambitious science goals.  Further details on the LUVOIR study are available at https://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/luvoir/.  Dr. Roberge received a PhD in Astrophysics from the Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Physics with a Planetary Science minor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  More info about Dr. Roberge, including her complete professional CV, is available at https://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aki.Roberge/home.html.

 

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