A precursor radial velocity (RV) survey would benefit direct imaging missions by (1) finding potentially habitable planets; (2) improving scheduling efficiency; (3) revealing massive planets that could be mistaken for Earth-mass planets; (4) providing the surface gravities necessary for interpreting atmospheric spectra and potential biosignatures.
Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
- Pub Date:
- May 2019
- Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
- White paper submitted to the Astro2020 Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (8 pages, 4 figures)