Welcome! My name is Elisa Quintana and I am an Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. I am working on NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission set to launch in early 2018 which will search for exoplanets around nearby, bright stars with a goal of finding planets that may have atmospheres for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to probe. Prior to 2017, I worked at NASA Ames Research Center in California for over 10 years on the Kepler and K2 Missions to help search for and characterize extrasolar planets. In 2014 I lead a team of astronomers to confirm Kepler-186f, the first Earth-sized planet found to orbit within the habitable zone of another star, and have participated in the discovery and validation of hundreds of additional planets. I also create computer models to study the formation and habitability of rocky planets within and beyond our Solar System.
The views and opinions expressed here are my own and do not reflect those of NASA.