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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Alien Oceans on Earth and Beyond
Kevin Hand, Jet Propulsion Lab
A Flag Icon Event Type: Astro Seminar
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Speaker: Zoom; Audience: 940 or Zoom
Abstract: Where is the best place to find living life beyond Earth? It may be that the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn harbor some of the most habitable real estate in our Solar System. Life loves liquid water and these moons have lots of it. These alien oceans of the outer solar system have likely persisted for much of the history of the solar system and as a result they are highly compelling targets in our search for life beyond Earth. Within these oceans may reside a second origin of life itself, and the answer to whether or not we live in a biological universe, or one in which life on Earth represents a biological singularity. Dr. Hand will explain the science behind why we think we know these oceans exist and what we know about the conditions on these worlds. He will focus on Jupiter’s moon Europa, which is a top priority for future missions. Dr. Hand will also detail how the exploration of Earth’s ocean is helping to guide our understanding of the potential habitability of worlds like Europa.

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