Talk:New Worlds Mission

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Will the real starshade be as pixelated as the accompanying image?

Opening up Summary[edit]

Can somebody open up the summary of Possible Discoveries and see how low the lowest possible mass and how far the farthest possible orbital distance is for planets by New Worlds Imager and maybe others like collect more precise data and collect new data for the discovered planets and previous planets like it discovered years before that mission would be launched. Cosmium 22:23, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

I don't quite understand your question. Since New Worlds Imager can only detect visible light or infrared radiation from the planets, it cannot directly measure their masses, but there has to be some minimum size for planets it can detect (which of course depends on how near the star is from us). Detections on visible light depend on the planet's orbital distance, but IR telescope can detect free-floating planets, provided they're warm enough. But in their case a star shade would be unnecessary.
What comes to possible discoveries, we cannot speculate (see Wikipedia is not a crystal ball).--JyriL talk 00:26, 2 January 2007 (UTC)
Of course, well-justified estimations given by a reliable source could be included.--JyriL talk 00:31, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Merge with Starshade[edit]

The two are clearly the same idea - same person in charge. Looking at the external links and Google results for each, it looks like "starshade" is just a descriptive term and "New Worlds Imager" (or "New Worlds"?) is the proper project name, so merge into this article. Sho Uemura 18:56, 15 May 2007 (UTC)

You have a good point. The starshade is the generic term for the specially shaped occulter that creates a shadow rather than the spot of Arago. New Worlds is the project that uses a starshade (created explicitly for this project by the same guy - as you mentioned) to search for exoplanets. I think it's important to have a "New Worlds" titled article as it's a likely future NASA mission, however having a separate "starshade" titled article seems less important to me since it's a subcomponent of the project. So it seems reasonable to merge the starshade article into the New Worlds article. Boulderinionian 05:04, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

A starshade is the thing that does the light suppression, the actual petal shaped structure. New Worlds Observer (by the way, not Mission) is a mission concept that uses a Starshade. They are two separate things. It's like merging the article on coronagraphs with a particular coronagraph mission. There are several missions using a Starshade in the works, so they should be kept separate. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 132.228.195.206 (talk) 17:02, 10 April 2009 (UTC)

NIAC closed down...[edit]

...what happened to this project? --AndersFeder (talk) 20:01, 18 September 2008 (UTC)

NASA funded the New Worlds Observer project with $3 billion in Feb 2008.--AndersFeder (talk) 20:28, 18 September 2008 (UTC)