Marissa Gebhard | Oct. 7, 2013 | Notre Dame College of Science
NASA has named University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin Crepp a Kepler Participating Scientist. As one of only 11 scientists in the country selected to participate, Crepp will advance the goals of the Kepler Mission by seeking to discover extrasolar planets, some of which may be in the habitable zone.
Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics, will utilize the world’s premier diffraction-limited facility, the adaptive optics system at the Large Binocular Telescope in southeastern Arizona, to make observations and significantly enhance and expand Kepler’s imaging program. His work will aim to provide a statistically significant determination of the frequency of Earth-size planets in and near the habitable zone of host stars.