Living with Stars: Future Space-Based Exoplanet Search and Characterization Missions

  • Malcolm FridlundEmail author
  • Heike Rauer
  • Anders Erikson
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 411)


The study of exoplanets have now been ongoing for more than 20 years. After a first phase of essentially discovery, a remarkable diversity has been found among the more than 1,700 objects that have been detected. Planetary bodies orbiting other stars have begun to be characterized physically, but the next stage of exploration, given an increase in sensitivities and resolutions will provide for data that can be used for comparative planetology in the real sense of the term, i.e. a direct comparison, both between objects outside the Solar System, as well as with objects within our home system. In this chapter we describe briefly all the space assets that are either in orbit, intended to be launched within the near future and also those that are decided for the intermediate time perspective.


Europan Space Agency Hubble Space Telescope Habitable Zone Host Star Solar Type Star 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



We gratefully acknowledge the friendly atmosphere created by the staff of the International Space Institute in Bern, Switzerland, and the ISSI team Characterizing stellar- and exoplanetary environments where this chapter was discussed and planned.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malcolm Fridlund
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Heike Rauer
    • 1
  • Anders Erikson
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Planetary Research, DLRBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Leiden ObservatoryLeidenThe Netherlands

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