Lecture

  • Biogeochemist Jennifer Glass studies methane-eating microbes at the bottom of lakes and oceans. Her work has implications for greenhouse gas cycles and climate change, and may yield insights into the evolution of life on the early Earth.
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  • Astrobiologist Sara Walker is exploring ways to measure the transition from non-living to living matter. Her approach could broaden our understanding of how unique--or common--life might be in the universe.
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  • NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers landed on Mars in January of 2004 to begin their 90-day primary mission on the red planet. Ten years later, the Opportunity rover is still returning data from the surface.
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  • Explore Mars and the George Washington University Space Policy Institute present the The Humans to Mars (H2M) Summit, 6-8 May 2013 at the Lisner Auditorium of the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
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  • In a presentation at 2008 NASA Astrobiology Science Conference, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Paul Davies argued that the most cost-effective way to send humans to Mars would be to send them with the understanding that they wouldn´t be coming back.
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  • Questioning Habitable Planets
    In the final part of this six-part lecture series, Vikki Meadows answers audience questions about the possibility of life on alien worlds.
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  • Colors of Alien Plants
    In part five of this six-part lecture series, Vikki Meadows describes the impact plants have on planets. She also explains why the type of star providing sunshine may affect the color of an alien world's equivalent of bushes, trees, and grass.
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  • A Diversity of Worlds
    In the fourth part of this six-part lecture series, Vikki Meadows explains how different types of worlds, even ones not like the Earth, can still be potential havens for life.
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  • The Spectrum of Life
    In part three of this six-part lecture series, Vikki Meadows pieces together the lines of evidence that indicate whether an extrasolar planet is able to support life.
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  • The Light of Alien Life
    Imagine trying to learn everything you can about the Earth from a distance of billions or even trillions of kilometers. That's the challenge facing scientists who search for life on worlds orbiting distant stars.
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