Physics and Astronomy Colloquium "An Introduction to NASA’s Astrophysics Division and the Exoplanet Exploration Program" - Dr. Douglas Hudgins, NASA
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Abstract: To many in the scientific community, NASA appears to be a “black box” containing a bewildering array of field centers, missions, projects, research programs, and who knows what else. In fact, there *is* some method to the madness, and I hope to convince you of that fact. In this talk I will provide an introduction to NASA’s Astrophysics Division—who we are, how the division is structured, the avenues by which we support the community through our missions and research programs, and the ways that we engage the scientific community. From there, I will go on to focus on the Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP)—the program responsible for implementing NASA's plans for discovering and characterizing exoplanets, and identifying candidates that could harbor life. We will see that the Program encompasses a wide range of projects and activities from future mission concept studies, and technology development programs to enable those missions, to precursor and follow-up ground-based science programs that enhance the science return of current NASA missions and enable the design of next generation exoplanet missions. I will feature some recent highlights from the Program’s activities and describe the ways that the Program interfaces and supports the scientific community, and is paving the way to the future.