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Friday, May 24 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Habitable Worlds: The Search for Life in the Universe

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There are a handful of fundamental questions that remain to be answered. The answers to these questions, besides generating more questions, have the power to change every element of society, our belief systems, and our sense of who we are. Among these sits the question “Are we alone?” Is the Earth the only life sustaining planet in the universe? Is extraterrestrial life possible? Is it probable? Could it be intelligent? The information needed to answer these questions span the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, and, of course, astronomy.

In this panel discussion, we will explore the current state of knowledge surrounding extraterrestrial life and habitability, and what it may suggest about the possibilities for life beyond Earth. We will discuss potential life sustaining environments within the solar system and look further out at extrasolar planets and planetary systems.

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Lou Mayo

Astronomer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Lou Mayo is a planetary scientist and program manager working for ADNET Systems at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and professor of astronomy at Marymount University. His research interests include modeling planetary atmospheres of the outer planets. He is currently... Read More →

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Dr. Katherine Garcia-Sage

Dr. Katherine Garcia-Sage is a space scientist at NASA Goddard and a research associate at the Catholic University of America. She specializes in computational modeling of Earth's ionosphere and magnetic field and how they are affected by Solar activity. She then works on applying... Read More →
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Dr. David Williams

Dave Williams is the head of the NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive, NASA's deep archive for spacecraft data at Goddard Space Flight Center. His specialties are is solar system exploration missions and restoration of Apollo and other older spacecraft data... Read More →

Friday May 24, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm EDT
Panel 4 (Balt 5)
  • Moderator Lou Mayo