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Public Lecture on March 29: The Search for Life in Oceans Beyond Earth 


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. Kevin 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.

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Location: National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC, 20418

Register to attend the lecture

The talk is part of Space Science Week 2017—a three-day gathering of the Space Studies Board and Board on Physics and Astronomy to discuss issues and advances in their fields. Inquiries may be directed to




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