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NASA to Air discussion on Searching for Life Beyond Earth by Leading Space Experts Monday, July 14th

 

Written by Whitney Clavin
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA Television will air a panel discussion of leading science and engineering experts on Monday, July 14th, from 11:00am to 12:30pm PDT (3:00pm to 4:30pm CDT), who will describe the scientific and technological roadmap that will lead to the discovery of potentially habitable worlds among the stars.

The event will take place at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

The artist's concept depicts Kepler-186f , the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone-a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet's surface. (NASA)

The artist’s concept depicts Kepler-186f , the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone-a range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the planet’s surface. (NASA)

Space and ground observatories are cataloging and characterizing hundreds, and what is expected to eventually be thousands, of potentially habitable worlds in our galaxy.

NASA space-based observatories are making unprecedented new discoveries. The agency’s next step, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), will continue to help scientists rewrite scientific textbooks after its scheduled launch in 2018.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden will provide opening comments.

Panel participants include:

  • Ellen Stofan, NASA chief scientist, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator, NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington
  • John Mather, Nobel Laureate and Senior Project Scientist for JWST, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Sara Seager, MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Planetary Science and Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
  • Dave Gallagher, director for Astronomy and Physics, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
  • Matt Mountain, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore and Telescope Scientist for JWST

Questions can be asked during the event by attendees or via Twitter using the hashtag #AskNASA.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For more information about NASA’s role in the search for life, visit: http://www.nasa.gov


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