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


May 4, 2018 updates

Indifferently Spacefaring Civilizations

Dusty disc-planet interaction with dust-free simulations

An Estimate of the Yield of Single-Transit Planetary Events from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

Multi-band high resolution spectroscopy rules out the hot Jupiter BD+20 1790b – First data from the GIARPS Commissioning

Helium in the eroding atmosphere of an exoplanet

The Breakthrough Starshot System Model

Unmasking the hidden NGTS-3Ab: a hot Jupiter in an unresolved binary system

The California Kepler Survey VII. Precise Planet Radii Leveraging Gaia DR2 Reveal the Stellar Mass Dependence of the Planet Radius Gap

OGLE-2015-BLG-1459L: The Challenges of Exo-Moon Microlensing

May 3, 2018 updates

Modular Active Self-Assembling Space Telescope Swarms

Pulsed Fission-Fusion (PuFF) Propulsion Concept

A Breakthrough Propulsion Architecture for Interstellar Precursor Missions

Direct Multipixel Imaging and Spectroscopy of an Exoplanet with a Solar Gravity Lens Mission

Mach Effect for In Space Propulsion: Interstellar Mission

Three Small Planets Transiting the Bright Young Field Star K2-233

Generation of a Circumstellar Gas Disk by Hot Jupiter WASP-12b

The CARMENES search for exoplanets around M dwarfs: A low-mass planet in the temperate zone of the nearby K2-18

The chemical composition of α Cen AB revisited

Redox evolution via gravitational differentiation on low mass planets: implications for abiotic oxygen, water loss and habitability

A better characterization of the chemical composition of exoplanets atmospheres with ARIEL

May 2, 2018 updates

Moonfalls: Collisions between the Earth and its past moons

Planet Populations as a Function of Stellar Properties

Global Climate and Atmospheric Composition of the Ultra-Hot Jupiter WASP-103b from HST and Spitzer Phase Curve Observations

An ice giant exoplanet interpretation of the anomaly in microlensing event OGLE-2011-BLG-0173

Extremely Irradiated Hot Jupiters: Non-Oxide Inversions, H- Opacity, and Thermal Dissociation of Molecules

From thermal dissociation to condensation in the atmospheres of ultra hot Jupiters: WASP-121b in context

Revised Radii of Kepler Stars and Planets using Gaia Data Release 2

A HST/WFC3 Thermal Emission Spectrum of the Hot Jupiter HAT-P-7b

May 1, 2018 updates

Space Settlement: What’s the Rush?

How Will An Organism Get to Space?

Absolute densities in exoplanetary systems. Photodynamical modelling of Kepler-138.

Mars’ growth stunted by an early giant planet instability

TRAPPIST-1e Has a Large Iron Core

The detectability of radio emission from exoplanets

Evidence for unresolved exoplanet-hosting binaries in Gaia DR2

The XUV environments of exoplanets from Jupiter-size to super-Earth

A Comparative Analysis of the Cobb-Douglas Habitability Score (CDHS) with the Earth Similarity Index (ESI)