Are there places suitable for life as we know it in our Solar System, or even beyond?
For National Science Week, and in collaboration with Space Hub Perth we celebrate the search for life with NASA scientists from teams who are characterising the conditions for the emergence of life and leading the hunt for habitable planets beyond our Solar System. From to the close locale of Mars, and the study of its evolving atmosphere, to the Kepler Space Telescope orbiting our Sun to discover exoplanetary systems, this national talk tour is not to be missed!
With the recent launch of the Australian Space Agency, it couldn’t be more timely to hear of the opportunities for the future of exploration of life in the Universe.
Join us for breakfast to learn more about plans for the agency and hear from two NASA scientists as they share their amazing research and consider the potential opportunities and applications that can derive from the work of a space agency.
Meet the NASA Scientists
Alexandre M. Kling
The planetary atmospheres of our solar system and the case of Mars.
The gas giants, terrestrial planets, and icy moons of our solar system represent a wide variety of celestial bodies that have formed and evolved in very different ways. By studying the processes responsible for the states of the interiors, surfaces and atmospheres of each of these worlds, planetary scientists are putting together pieces of a puzzle to understand how planetary systems form and characterize the conditions for the emergence of life.
One of the best case studies is perhaps our very own neighbour, Mars. The red planet is a fascinating world: different than Earth in many ways, yet strangely familiar with its gigantic volcanoes, deep canyons, seasonal weather patterns, polar caps, clouds and dramatic storms. Alexandre will take you on a journey exploring the history of Mars from its formation 4.6 billion years ago to the present day and see how the planet have changed from being a wet world to the cold and icy place it is today.
Megan Shabram - Kepler/TESS/Exoplanets
Worlds Outside our Solar System from NASA's Kepler Mission and on to the Terrestrial Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
Most of the planets found by NASA's Kepler space science mission aren’t anything like the planets in our solar system. With a closer look at populations of planets from the Kepler mission, we are beginning to put the solar system into context and to start to zoom in on the best opportunities for the future exploration of life in the universe. NASA's recently launched Terrestrial Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover planets around the nearest and brightest stars, providing opportunities for unprecedented discovery!
Megan Shabram is a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, CA. She received her PhD from Pennsylvania State University's Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, focusing on understanding how exoplanetary systems form by studying the population of exoplanets from NASA's Kepler mission.
This event includes breakfast and networking.
- Tickets are $40
- CORE Members $20