Astrobiology: Are We Alone in the Universe?
For thousands of years, people on Earth have been asking, “Are we alone?” For much of the timeline of humanity, we have been unable to answer that question. But in the last decades, scientists have finally been able to begin in earnest the search for and study of life in the universe. How did life form on Earth? Do planets like Earth exist elsewhere? Could life exist on Mars, or the moons of Jupiter? Would distant life have the same carbon-based chemistry and use liquid water like we do, or could it be wildly different? And if we found evidence for life in distant solar systems, how would we even recognize it?
This talk will give an introduction to the field of astrobiology, including the search for distant life and distant planets, a discussion of cosmic chemistry, and the search for our own origins on Earth. It will discuss the best places in our solar system to search for the possible signs of life today, including Europa and Enceladus, where warm oceans are hidden below thick layers of ice. Finally, it will finish with an update on the latest findings from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover and ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission as they explore Mars, looking for clues to its ancient habitability.
Astrobiology is the third experience in the Astrophile series which includes the other 2 experiences, Meteor Shower Observation and Space Odyssey. This experience is a part of Awestrich Talks where we have a walkthrough of an experience in the form of an interactive discussion and visuals. Read more about Awestrich Talks here - https://www.awestrich.com/awestrich-talks
Biography: Dr. Henry Throop
Throop is a Senior Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, USA, and Mumbai, India. He received a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Colorado, USA, in 2000. His work focuses on the outer solar system, and he has published over 40 articles in scientific journals, on topics ranging from to rings of Saturn and Jupiter, to planet and star formation, to astrobiology and the origins of life, to searching for (and co-discovering) Pluto's smallest moon, Styx, in 2012. He is a frequent consultant to the US's NASA and the National Science Foundation. While working at NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, he managed two of NASA's major scientific research programs. Throop is a member of the science team for NASA’s New Horizons mission and was involved in its historic flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015.
While living in Africa for three years, Throop worked extensively with rural schools, helping to develop their science programs and inspire the next generation of leaders. He has presented more than 100 lectures for science festivals, planetariums, school groups, and public events across the USA, Mexico, Africa, and India. Throop’s work has been featured in Science, Nature, Time, The Washington Post, and on the History Channel and National Geographic TV.
Throop's work has won him broad accolades. In 2017 he was awarded both the US State Department's Avis Bohlen Award, and the American Astronomical Society's Carl Sagan Medal, for his work in science communication and outreach to the public.
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