These are items of interest to the interstellar exploration community that we’ve found in our quest for information that will help us advance toward our goals.  If you know of anything we’ve overlooked, or any sources of such information we should monitor, or if you would like to be added to our TVIW-updates mailing list and receive these updates in you email every weekday, please send that information to info@tviw.us.

 

January 10, 2020 updates

Extremophilic models for astrobiology: haloarchaeal survival strategies and pigments for remote sensing
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00792-019-01126-3

Detecting Interstellar Objects Through Stellar Occultations
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.02681

Kepler-1661 b: A Neptune-sized Kepler Transiting Circumbinary Planet around a Grazing Eclipsing Binary
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.02840

Near-ultraviolet Transmission Spectroscopy of HD 209458b: Evidence of Ionized Iron Beyond the Planetary Roche Lobe
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.03126

Magnitude and direction of the local interstellar magnetic field inferred from Voyager 1 and 2 interstellar data and global heliospheric model
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.03061

January 9, 2020 updates

A new tool for ‘weighing’ unseen planets
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/a-new-tool-for-weighing-unseen-planets

NEID Exoplanet Instrument Sees First Light
https://www.nationalastro.org/news/neid-exoplanet-instrument-sees-first-light/

Goldilocks Stars Are Best Places to Look for Life
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2020/news-2020-06

Concept Design of Occulter Using Modular Self-Deployable Membrane Truss
https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/6.2020-1182

Circumstellar environment of 55 Cancri – The super-Earth 55 Cnc e as a primary target for star–planet interactions
https://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/abs/2020/01/aa37186-19/aa37186-19.html

Transfer of Life by Earth-Grazing Objects to Exoplanetary Systems
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.02235

January 8, 2020 updates

On the Maximization of the Science Output of Space Missions
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11214-019-0628-4

Sensitive probing of exoplanetary oxygen via mid-infrared collisional absorption
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-019-0977-7

Discovery of TESS Mission’s First Circumbinary Planet
https://www.centauri-dreams.org/2020/01/07/discovery-of-tess-missions-first-circumbinary-planet/

Atmospheric Characterization and Further Orbital Modeling of κ Andromeda b
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-3881/ab5afa

Search for Nearby Earth Analogs. II. Detection of Five New Planets, Eight Planet Candidates, and Confirmation of Three Planets around Nine Nearby M Dwarfs
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-4365/ab5e7c

Dead Zones of Classical Habitability in Stellar Binary Systems
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.01754

An ultra-short period rocky super-Earth orbiting the G2-star HD 80653
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.02217

Habitability and Water Loss Limits on Eccentric Planets Orbiting Main Sequence Stars
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.02228

January 7, 2020 Updates

The First Habitable Zone Earth-sized Planet from TESS. I: Validation of the TOI-700 System
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.00952

The First Habitable Zone Earth-Sized Planet From TESS II: Spitzer Confirms TOI-700 d
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.00954

The First Habitable Zone Earth-sized Planet from TESS. III: Climate States and Characterization Prospects for TOI-700 d
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.00955

Ondr}ejov echelle spectrograph, ground based support facility for exoplanet missions
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.01001

Testing the solar activity paradigm in the context of exoplanet transits
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.01093

Analysis of some Semi-Detached systems observed by TESS
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.01292

The evolutionary track of H/He envelope in the observed population of sub-Neptunes and Super-Earths planets
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.01299

Earth-Like: An education & outreach tool for exploring the diversity of planets like our own
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.01438

January 6, 2020 updates

Demonstration of Deployment Accuracy of the Starshade Inner Disk Subsystem
https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/6.2020-1670

Thin-Ply Thermoplastic Composites for Foldable Structures
https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/6.2020-0206

Stowage and Recovery of Thin-ply Composite Deployable Structures
https://arc.aiaa.org/doi/10.2514/6.2020-0205

Detecting and Characterizing Water Vapor in the Atmospheres of Earth Analogs through Observation of the 0.94 μm Feature in Reflected Light
https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/1538-3881/ab5a8a

There’s No Place Like Home (in Our Own Solar System): Searching for ET Near White Dwarfs
https://arxiv.org/abs/2001.00673