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