Dr. Oppenheimer is primarily interested in comparative exoplanetary science, the study of planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. This nascent field is so young that we cannot, yet, image exoplanets. His 600 square foot laboratory in the Rose Center is the birthplace of a number of new astronomical instruments designed to tackle the problem of exoplanet imaging and spectroscopy. Dr. Oppenheimer is a member of the team specifying the scientific goals of NASA's Terrestrial Planet Finder Mission and is building part of a new planet imaging instrument for the International Gemini Observatory, one of the world's largest telescopes.For more interviews, visit our "Meet the Scientists" channel:http://www.amnh.org/explore/amnh-tv/(category)/1325
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