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The Stability of the Orbits of Earth-mass Planets in and near the Habitable Zones of Known Exoplanetary Systems

@article{Jones2003TheSO,
  title={The Stability of the Orbits of Earth-mass Planets in and near the Habitable Zones of Known Exoplanetary Systems},
  author={Barrie W. Jones and David R. Underwood and P. Nick Sleep},
  journal={arXiv: Astrophysics},
  year={2003}
}
We have shown that Earth-mass planets could survive in variously restricted regions of the habitable zones (HZs) of most of a sample of nine of the 93 main-sequence exoplanetary systems confirmed by May 2003. In a preliminary extrapolation of our results to the other systems, we estimate that roughly a third of the 93 systems might be able to have Earth-mass planets in stable, confined orbits somewhere in their HZs. Clearly, these systems should be high on the target list for exploration for… 

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