The Search for Life in Oceans Beyond Earth
Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Bahcall Auditorium 3700 San Martin Drive Baltimore, MD 21218
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Kevin Peter Hand (Deputy Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology)
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! 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 NASA missions. Dr. Hand will also show how the exploration of Earth’s ocean is helping to inform our understanding of the potential habitability of worlds like Europa. Dr. Hand was a scientist onboard James Cameron’s 2012 dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, and he was part of a 2003 IMAX expedition to hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. He has made nine dives to the bottom of the ocean.