Planet for Goldilocks: NASA’s Search for Life Beyond the Solar System | SF
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Observation Post at the Presidio | 211 Lincoln Boulevard, San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Bay Area Science Events
“Not too hot, not too cold” reads the prescription for the world that’s just right for life as we know it. Finding evidence of life beyond Earth is one of the primary goals of science agencies in the United States and abroad. The goal looms closer as a result of discoveries made by NASA’s Kepler Mission.
Launched in March 2009, Kepler is exploring the diversity of planets and planetary systems orbiting other stars in the galaxy. Finding inhabited environments is a path of exploration that stretches decades into the future. It begins by determining if Goldilocks planets abound. Dr. Batalha will describe the latest discoveries of NASA’s Kepler Mission and the possibilities for finding inhabited environments in the not-so-distant future.
Premised on the notion that “Earth’s geological record is like a book whose pages have been ripped apart and scattered about,” the Library reveals the unusual richness of Bay Area “geologic literature.” Its rock fragments tell many stories. A series of cards correlated to the rocks guide us in the apprehension that the solidity of rock is an illusion, and that the scale of geologic time is immense.
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