Monday, November 10
Showtime: 7:00 PM
Chautauqua Community HouseSold Out
From the dawn of civilization humanity has wondered, are there other worlds out there like Earth that could support life? NASA’s Kepler Mission, launched in 2009, has answered at least part of this question by discovering 962 planets, over 2,900 planet candidates and the first Earth size planet orbiting its star in the habitable zone. But the Kepler mission is much more than just discovering planets. Kepler’s larger purpose is to statistically determine the prevalence of Earth size planets orbiting sun like stars in the zone where liquid water could exist throughout our entire galaxy. John Troeltzsch, Ball Aerospace Kepler program manager, will discuss how Kepler was designed and built and provide a summary of what it has found out about our galaxy including the newest discovery of 186f, which appears to be very Earth-like.