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NExScI is the science operations and analysis center for NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program. We provide tools and archives for the exoplanet community, administer the Sagan program of fellowships and workshops, and support the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer and administration of the NASA Keck telescope time. Click here to see past headlines and events.

A Small Step Toward Discovering Habitable Earthsimage

Sagan Fellow Jared Males is lead author on a recent ApJ paper describing images of an exoplanet obtained with an Earth-based telescope using essentially the same type of imaging sensor found in digital cameras. The technology still has a long way to go, however the accomplishment takes astronomers a small step closer to imaging earth-like planets around other stars. Sagan Fellow Katie Morzinski is a co-author on the paper.

Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza!image

The NASA Exoplanet Archive has added the recently announced 715 new Kepler planets. These are described in papers by Rowe et al and Lissauer et al. and also in a NASA Ames press release. With this announcement, Kepler now accounts for 57% of all confirmed planets. Click here to explore the NASA Exoplanet Archive.

Brown Dwarf Discovery Provides Benchmark for Future Exoplanet Researchimage

Using NASA Keck time, PI Justin Crepp and his team have imaged a brown dwarf that can serve as a benchmark for studying objects with masses that lie between stars and planets. Click for the ApJ paper and the WMKO press release.

Meet the 2014 Sagan Postdoctoral Fellows!

We're pleased to announce the seven Sagan Postdoctoral Fellows for 2014! Click here to meet them and learn more about their projects. Click here to read the JPL press release.

2014 Sagan Summer Workshop

Registration and the online POP/poster submission site are now available for the 2014 Sagan Summer Workshop on Imaging Planets and Disks (July 20-25, 2014). Click here for more information.

Nearby Star List Available

Future efforts to image exoplanets directly will concentrate on the nearest and brightest stars. A catalog listing the properties of such stars is now available for use in planning such missions (e.g. WFIRST-AFTA).

Call for 2014B NASA Keck Proposals

The 2014B call is now closed. Click here for more information.

Second Kepler Science Conference, Nov. 4-8, 2013

Archived videos of talks, including the public lecture by Frank Drake, are available as links on the agenda page. Posters are also available as links on this page.

Have We Found Other Earths?

Read the statement of Dr. John M. Grunsfeld, NASA's Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, before the Congressional Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Space.

KOA Releases DEIMOS Data

The Keck Observatory Archive has released to the public 628 nights of data from the DEIMOS instrument. The released data include 27,409 science files and 56,514 calibration files. Another 665 nights of data will be released as their propriety period expires. Altogether, the DEIMOS total includes 38,308 science files and 71,881 calibration files (10.2 TB total). Access DEIMOS and other data here.

NExScI 101

For an introduction to NExScI's managed and supported data tools, archives, telescope time, meetings, and fellowships, click here. This PDF file contains the NExScI brochure and handouts prepared for the January 2014 AAS meeting in Washington DC. The movie that we show at the NExScI booth can be viewed here.