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Advances in Astronomy
Volume 2010, Article ID 187269, 14 pages
Research Article

A Path to the Stars: The Evolution of the Species

1Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma, Via Frascati, 33, Monte Porzio Catone, 00040 Roma, Italy
2Dipartimento di Fisica G. Occhialini, Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca, Piazza della Scienza 3, 20126 Milano, Italy
3Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, via Bianchi 46, 23807 Merate, Italy
4Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, Rambla José Ana Fernández Pérez, 7, 38712 Breña Baja, Spain
5Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, Vicolo dell'Osservatorio, 5, 35122 Padova, Italy
6Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Salita Moiariello, 16, 80131 Napoli, Italy
7European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2, 85748 Garching bei München, Germany
8Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria (CSIC-UC), Edificio Juan Jorda, Av. de los Castros s/n, 39005 Santander, Spain
9Center for Theoretical Physics of Polish Academy of Science, Al. Lotnikow 32/46, 02-668 Warsaw, Poland
10Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, IASF Bologna, via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy
11Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, Via Osservatorio, 20, 10025 Pino Torinese, Italy
12Dipartimento Ingegneria Aerospaziale, Politecnico Milano, Via La Masa, 34, 20156 Milano, Italy
13Dipartimento di Fisica, Facoltà di Scienze MM. FF. NN., Università degli Studi di Perugia, via A. Pascoli, 06123 Perugia, Italy

Received 30 June 2009; Accepted 12 January 2010

Academic Editor: Joshua S. Bloom

Copyright © 2010 Fabrizio Vitali et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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