30. April 2021 - 23:00

Alien Oceans on Earth and Beyond: On-demand recording, Online, Friday, 30. April 2021

An unique opportunity for anyone interested in extraterrestrial life and ocean exploration, to learn directly from a renowned world expert

About this Event

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On-demand Event: Alien Oceans on Earth and Beyond
Kevin Peter Hand, astrobiologist, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Where is the best place to find living life beyond Earth? It may be that the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn harbour some of the most habitable real estate in our solar system. Life loves liquid water and these moons have lots of it!

These alien oceans of the outer solar system have likely persisted for much of the history of the solar system and as a result they are highly compelling targets in our search for life beyond Earth.

Kevin will explain the science behind why we think we know these oceans exist and what we know about the conditions on these worlds. He will focus on Jupiter’s moon Europa, which is a top priority for future missions. Kevin will also detail how the exploration of Earth’s ocean is helping to guide our understanding of the potential habitability of worlds like Europa.

Following Kevin’s fascinating and absorbing lecture, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions about the search for extraterrestrial life and ocean exploration.

What's included in your ticket:

  • 60 minutes lecture including Q&A with Kevin Peter Hand
  • On-demand access to the recording and Q&A until May 2021
  • Exclusive access to an additional 40-minute lecture by astrobiologist Sarah Rugheimer, filmed at our Instant Expert physics masterclass
  • Bonus content from New Scientist

About the speakers:

Dr. Kevin P. Hand is a planetary scientist and astrobiologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he directs the Ocean Worlds Lab ( http://oceanworldslab.jpl.nasa.gov). His research focuses on the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the solar system with an emphasis on moons of the outer solar system that likely harbour liquid water oceans. He is the pre-Project Scientist for NASA’s Europa Lander mission concept and was co-chair of the 2016 Europa Lander Science Definition Team.

From 2011 to 2016, Hand served as deputy chief scientist for solar system exploration at JPL. His fieldwork has brought him to Antarctica, the Arctic, the depths of Earth’s ocean, the glaciers of Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, and the desert of Namibia. His book Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space, was recently published by Princeton University Press.

The event will be hosted by Valerie Jamieson, New Scientist Events' creative director.

Ticket purchasers also get exclusive access to the following lecture recorded at an Instant Expert masterclass on The Biggest Questions in Physics:

Are we alone in the universe? by Sarah Rugheimer, University of Oxford

This planet we call home is teeming with life from the very depths of the ocean where no light penetrates, to small brine layers between ice crystals and near-boiling iridescent waters of Yellowstone. As we discover the vast diversity of extremophile life on Earth, our minds can only begin to imagine the possibilities for life to exist on other planets in the universe. In this talk, Sarah Rugheimer shows how we are going to characterise terrestrial planet atmospheres orbiting other stars with future mission, hopefully finding evidence of life in the universe and answering the age-old question of “are we alone?”

Booking information:

Your ticket will give you access to a recording of the event which originally took place on Thursday 4 June 2020 and lasts for approximately one hour. Access to the recording of the event will be available until May 2021.
Eventbrite will email you a confirmation immediately after purchase with instructions on how to access the recording of the event and the other material included with your ticket..
Tickets are non-transferable to any other New Scientist event.
All tickets are non-refundable.
New Scientist reserves the right to alter the recording of the event or remove access prior to 31 May 2021. In the unlikely event of the removal of access to the event, all unused tickets will be fully refunded. New Scientist Ltd will not be liable for any additional expenses incurred by ticket holders in relation to the event.
Tickets are subject to availability and are only available in advance through Eventbrite. To secure your place we recommend you book in advance.

Friday, 30. April 2021, Online, Alien Oceans on Earth and Beyond: On-demand recording

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