Science Strategy for Exoplanets – New Report and Public Briefing Sept. 5

Is our solar system a cosmic rarity or are Earth-like planets more common than we know? How do Earth-like planets form and what determines if they are habitable? Is there life on other planets?

A new congressionally mandated report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine presents a science strategy for the study and exploration of planets outside our solar system, and provides input to the upcoming Academies decadal surveys in astronomy and astrophysics and in planetary science.

The report will be released at a public briefing Wednesday, Sept. 5. Participating from the committee that wrote the report:

Those who cannot attend in person may watch a live webcast of the briefing here.

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Advance copies of Exoplanet Science Strategy will be available to reporters only starting at noon EDT Tuesday, Sept. 4. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 5.  The public briefing will run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lecture Room of National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.   Reporters who wish to attend the briefing or obtain a copy of the report should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail