Report from the Planetary Frontier: The Latest from New Horizons at Pluto
March 2, 2016
Dr. Jeff Moore (NASA Ames Research Center)
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On July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft flew 7,800 mi above the surface of Pluto and sent back fascinating images of the dwarf planet and its large (and intriguing) moon Charon. Many of the images show unexpected beauty and complexity on Pluto’s surface. Dr. Moore shows the latest photos and fills us in on the current thinking among the New Horizons team members about Pluto, its moons, and the unexplored frontier that lies beyond.
Innumerable Globes Like This One: The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System
February 3, 2016
Dr. Tori Hoehler (NASA Ames Research Center)
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Our Galaxy probably hosts billions of planetary systems. But how many of those planets are like the Earth and how can we determine whether life has taken hold there, too? In this talk, Dr. Hoehler discusses the science of searching for life beyond our immediate neighborhood, and how we will seek evidence of inhabited worlds in the future.