Are we alone? Searching for life out there
How did life originate and are we alone? Perhaps the two most intriguing questions that have puzzled mankind since the dawn of civilization. Countless science fiction stories and movies speak to our infatuation with the possibility of intelligent alien life, but so far such accounts remain firmly in the realm of science fiction. But for how long? Star Trek may have been science fiction, but real science stands ready to take up the challenge to “explore strange new worlds, and to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Our expert speakers will fascinate us with research that is simply out of this world.
Postcards from Mars: Using Rovers to Search for Evidence of Life on the Red Planet
Professor Jim Bell is the President of The Planetary Society and one of the leading scientists in charge of the color camera systems on three past Mars rovers. Since 2004, he has had an amazing front row seat for the photographic and geologic adventures of these sophisticated exploring robots. In this presentation, Prof. Bell will share his favorite images and stories from "inside" mission operations, describe the major scientific findings, and discuss plans for future exploration of the Red Planet.