Monday, January 22
Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community HouseSold Out
Europa is Jupiter’s smallest moon and the most promising place to look for life beyond Earth. Thought to have a salty water ocean deep beneath its icy crust, the hypothesis exists that this moon can possibly sustain present-day life. This proposition dramatically increased in 2013 when research from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovered plumes of water erupting from its surface. These findings provide evidence that Jupiter’s icy moon is geologically active today and contains energy, another key ingredient to sustain life.
In the early 2020s, NASA will launch a new mission to explore Europa, known as Europa Clipper. Dr. Carly Howlett will talk about what is known about this exciting world, what scientists hope to learn and how the role Europa Clipper will play in this quest for knowledge.
Speaker: Dr. Carly Howett is a senior research scientist and section manager of the Outer Solar System department at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). She specializes in planetary atmospheres and surfaces within the Space Science and Engineering Division.
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