A team of researchers led by the University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy has been awarded $4 million by NASA to develop a new generation of ultra-sensitive sensors that can directly image distant exoplanets. The technology will support a 6-meter space telescope project outlined in the 2022 Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics that aims to observe 25 Earth-like exoplanets and determine if they can support life as we know it. Lead researcher Michael Bottom of UH IfA says the technology to make this possible is highly ambitious but will ultimately reveal whether habitable planets are common in our corner of the universe.

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