A new congressionally mandated report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) says ground-based astronomy will play a pivotal role in studying planet formation and potentially terrestrial worlds.
According to the press release from NASEM, “the future Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) and proposed Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) would allow profound advances in imaging and spectroscopy — absorption and emission of light — of entire planetary systems. The committee pointed out that the technology roadmap to enable the full potential of GMT and TMT in the study of exoplanets is in need of investments, and should leverage the existing network of U.S. centers and laboratories. To that end, the report recommends that the National Science Foundation invest in both telescopes and their exoplanet instrumentation to provide all-sky access to the U.S. community.”
Read more at from the National Academies here.