Stephanie Healey | October 31, 2014
Justin Crepp, the Frank M. Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics, has published an article, “Understanding the galactic context of mankind” on the website Science 2034. Science 2034 is an initiative from The Science Coalition that asks scientists, policy makers, and thought leaders to share what they think science will do for individuals, society and the world 20 years from now.
“In 2034 I believe we will know the exact location – the galactic address – of all Earth-like planets within the vicinity of the Sun. These are our nearest neighbors. And with somewhat mild weather environments, some fraction of the rocky worlds that we discover could possess the ingredients for life,” Crepp says. He also discusses how this will be accomplished using the Terrestrial Planet Finder (TPF), an advanced starlight suppression system from NASA that will be used to directly image planets that are 10 billion times fainter than their parent stars.