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Saturday, May 25 • 1:20pm - 2:10pm
Mars As a Home for Past or Present Life

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The recent finding of a Lake on Mars, buried beneath the polar cap, is hugely exciting. If the discovery holds up to scrutiny, it basically means that the Red Planet has called our bluff because there's a place on the Mars today with conditions that may be identical to ice-covered lakes . So then why shouldn't there be life on Mars today? This finding demands we study and explore Mars more closely to understand the role of life everywhere, including on Earth. Whether or not there could be life on Mars today, the evidence keeps accumulating that billions of years ago, when Mars was a young planet, conditions there were similar to  Earth when life was getting started here. Four expert Planetary Scientists and Astrobiologists who work with NASA missions and data will describe the latest findings and ideas about Mars and the possibilities for life there.  



Author, Astrobiologist
Dr. Grinspoon is an astrobiologist, award-winning science communicator, and prize-winning author, as well as a frequent advisor to NASA on space exploration strategy. His new book Earth in Human Hands was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR’s Science Friday. He is a Senior Scientist... Read More →
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Jennifer Stern

Planetary Scientist, NASA
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Heather Graham

Organic geochemist, NASA/CRESST
The science of finding life as we *don't* know it

Saturday May 25, 2019 1:20pm - 2:10pm EDT
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