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FINDS Exo-Earths 2 Appeal From Planetary Society

From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 17:06:46 +0000
Archived: Sat, 14 May 2011 05:29:49 -0400
Subject: FINDS Exo-Earths 2 Appeal From Planetary Society

Attached is an appeal I received from the Planetary


Dear Kathy Kasten,

Have you ever wondered if we're alone in the universe?

If you answered "yes," you know there is so much to learn about
the universe we live in. And today I'm writing you about a
special opportunity that will help us learn so much more.

Two years ago, we gave the premier planet-hunting team on Earth
- Debra Fischer (Yale University) and Geoff Marcy (University of
California, Berkeley)- a $40,000 grant for FINDS Exo-Earths-
Fiber-optic Improved Next-generation Doppler Search for Exo-

The goal was to build an innovative new set of hardware for the
telescope at California's Lick Observatory to improve its
ability to find smaller extra-solar planets that may support

The FINDS Exo-Earths hardware improved the Lick system and is
now being used to hunt planets. But this system can only take us
so far. To detect Earth-sized planets, we must take what we
learned with FINDS Exo-Earths and apply those lessons to a
larger, better located telescope. We need FINDS Exo-Earths 2!

That's where you and I come in. We've been asked to help the
team raise funds to assemble this much bigger and better
telescope that will run on the more powerful 10-meter Keck
Telescope in Hawaii!

So today I'm asking you to make the most generous donation
possible to help build FINDS Exo-Earths 2 and perform other
crucial scientific exploration that will aid in the search for
Earth-like exoplanets.

We need to raise $30,000 to build the new system that will lead
Fischer and Marcy's team to fascinating discoveries of Earth-
like planets in deep space. And to thank you for your support of
FINDS Exo-Earths 2, Dr. Fischer will add your name to a donor
recognition display!

Please help move FINDS Exo-Earths technology into its next
phase. It's the next step to learning if we're alone out there,
and I need your help to take it.

Thank you!


Bill Nye
Executive Director

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