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January 10, 2020 updates

Extremophilic models for astrobiology: haloarchaeal survival strategies and pigments for remote sensing

Detecting Interstellar Objects Through Stellar Occultations

Kepler-1661 b: A Neptune-sized Kepler Transiting Circumbinary Planet around a Grazing Eclipsing Binary

Near-ultraviolet Transmission Spectroscopy of HD 209458b: Evidence of Ionized Iron Beyond the Planetary Roche Lobe

Magnitude and direction of the local interstellar magnetic field inferred from Voyager 1 and 2 interstellar data and global heliospheric model

January 9, 2020 updates

A new tool for ‘weighing’ unseen planets

NEID Exoplanet Instrument Sees First Light

Goldilocks Stars Are Best Places to Look for Life

Concept Design of Occulter Using Modular Self-Deployable Membrane Truss

Circumstellar environment of 55 Cancri – The super-Earth 55 Cnc e as a primary target for star–planet interactions

Transfer of Life by Earth-Grazing Objects to Exoplanetary Systems

January 8, 2020 updates

On the Maximization of the Science Output of Space Missions

Sensitive probing of exoplanetary oxygen via mid-infrared collisional absorption

Discovery of TESS Mission’s First Circumbinary Planet

Atmospheric Characterization and Further Orbital Modeling of κ Andromeda b

Search for Nearby Earth Analogs. II. Detection of Five New Planets, Eight Planet Candidates, and Confirmation of Three Planets around Nine Nearby M Dwarfs

Dead Zones of Classical Habitability in Stellar Binary Systems

An ultra-short period rocky super-Earth orbiting the G2-star HD 80653

Habitability and Water Loss Limits on Eccentric Planets Orbiting Main Sequence Stars

January 7, 2020 Updates

The First Habitable Zone Earth-sized Planet from TESS. I: Validation of the TOI-700 System

The First Habitable Zone Earth-Sized Planet From TESS II: Spitzer Confirms TOI-700 d

The First Habitable Zone Earth-sized Planet from TESS. III: Climate States and Characterization Prospects for TOI-700 d

Ondr}ejov echelle spectrograph, ground based support facility for exoplanet missions

Testing the solar activity paradigm in the context of exoplanet transits

Analysis of some Semi-Detached systems observed by TESS

The evolutionary track of H/He envelope in the observed population of sub-Neptunes and Super-Earths planets

Earth-Like: An education & outreach tool for exploring the diversity of planets like our own

January 6, 2020 updates

Demonstration of Deployment Accuracy of the Starshade Inner Disk Subsystem

Thin-Ply Thermoplastic Composites for Foldable Structures

Stowage and Recovery of Thin-ply Composite Deployable Structures

Detecting and Characterizing Water Vapor in the Atmospheres of Earth Analogs through Observation of the 0.94 μm Feature in Reflected Light

There’s No Place Like Home (in Our Own Solar System): Searching for ET Near White Dwarfs