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Past Life? Present Life? The Future of Solar System Exploration
Dirksen Room 562

The Planetary Society, the world’s largest space interest group, and its CEO Bill Nye The Science Guy will host expert scientists to explore about the astrobiological significance of exploring Mars and Europa in the United States Senate on Wednesday, November 2, 2014. This even is free and open to the public.

WHO: Confirmed Speakers:

Bill Nye, CEO, The Planetary Society

Dr. Kevin Hand, Deputy Chief Scientist of Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Michael Meyer, Lead Scientist for the Mars Exploration Program, NASA

WHEN: 2 - 3:30pm, Tuesday, December 2, 2014

WHERE: Room 562, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C.

WHAT: Mars was once warm and wet, with water you could drink. Did life ever take hold here? If so, how would scientists find it in the vast, dry deserts of Mars today?

Europa, a small moon of Jupiter, is wet now. Very wet. Current estimates suggest that Europa has more than twice the volume of water of all Earth’s oceans combined. Recent observations from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest there may be plumes of water shooting off into space. Could life be present in the vast oceans of Europa? How could we begin to look?

For the first time in human history, we have the technology to attempt to answer these questions. Proposed and upcoming robotic missions at NASA can help unlock the astrobiological secrets of our solar system. Learn how NASA could return samples of Mars to the greatest laboratories on Earth to analyse them in ways impossible by small rovers. Hear how could begin to explore the fractured, icy surface of Europa to better understand this enigmatic moon and even find a way to land, or even swim in its oceans. This isn’t science fiction—it’s science, but only if we choose to pursue it.

Join the The Planetary Society and its expert guests for an engaging, uplifting, and exciting look into the potential for discovery in our solar system. A Q&A period for the audience will follow the main program. Seating is limited. Guests are urged to arrive early. Doors open at 1:30pm.

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Room 562
Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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