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The Origins of Life Initiative supports multi-disciplinary research aimed at revealing if life is abundant in the Universe. We seek to understand how the initial conditions on planets, including our own Earth and planets around other stars, dictated the origins of life and its subsequent evolution. Using this knowledge, it will eventually be possible to study the atmospheres of far distant planets for signs of life, including planets that might be Earth twins.

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"The Tierras Observatory is nearing first light"

January 4, 2021

An exciting update on the Origins grant funded award project Tierras within the Charbonneau Group: 

The construction of a new camera for The Tierras Observatory is well underway at Cambridge Discovery Park, the Center for Astrophysics (CfA) | Harvard & Smithsonian laboratory located near the Alewife T Stop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Tierras will be an ultra-precise facility dedicated to discovering terrestrial planets around nearby small stars (which astronomers dub “M-dwarfs”), as well as moons and rings of planets outside...

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