The Fastest Road To Finding Life Beyond Earth (speaker: Jonathan Lunine, Cornell)

Tuesday December 6, 2016 4:00 pm
Marlar Lounge 37-252

Refreshments at 3:45; talk begins at 4pm

Four bodies beyond Earth have environments that might support or have supported life, and of these, the most dynamic, isolated and Earth-like is the ocean of Enceladus. The steps to detecting biological activity within Enceladus are rendered easier by the presence of a plume of ice and vapor emanating from its south pole. By exploring the plume with a modest, affordable payload, we might know within a generation whether our solar system supported the genesis of life twice.

Co-Hosts:  Richard Binzel and Jason Soderblom