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Thursday, June 28 • 9:15am - 10:00am
Keynote: The Search for Life in Our Solar System: Opportunities for Sensor Development

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This Keynote Session examines innovative concepts and technologies aimed at the search for life in our solar system. Repeated cycles of freezing and melting water have occurred throughout Mars' history and represent a potentially habitable environment to search for modern life. This session also examines other potentially habitable environments in our solar system -- the icy satellites of Jupiter and Saturn. Recent missions have provided strong evidence of liquid water interiors on Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The ice-covered ocean environments have all the requirements needed to support modern life, although it is not known whether life can originate in such environments. The only mission to ever search for modern life on another planet was the two Viking missions that landed on Mars in 1976... and since that time, progress on developing sensor technology and mission strategy to search for modern life has been limited. Join us as Carol examines the recent surge of interest in detecting life in our solar system and the new sensor systems and approaches needed to move the research forward. 

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Dr. Carol Stoker

Astrobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center
Dr. Carol Stoker is a staff planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. Carol has a broad range of interests and skills; most of her recent work is focused on developing instruments and robotic systems for space exploration and testing them in terrestrial analog environments... Read More →

Thursday June 28, 2018 9:15am - 10:00am PDT
Meeting Room 230AC