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Astrobiology: The Science Behind the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Wednesday, September 1st | 7:00pm-8:30pm | Astrobiology: The Science Behind the Search for Life Beyond Earth


The latest Mars Rover landed on the Red Planet in February, and a search for signs of past or present life is one of its top objectives. But what makes scientists believe there is even the possibility of life on Mars, or on any other solar system bodies considered conducive to life, like the icy moons Europa and Enceladus? What makes our planet, and potentially others, habitable, and what are scientists looking for as indicators of life elsewhere? Will it be "little green men" or microbes? And what would finding – or not finding – life elsewhere in the solar system mean for us and our understanding of the universe? Students will walk away from this class better equipped to follow and appreciate this fascinating scientific enterprise as it unfolds over the next several months and beyond.

This class is appropriate for ages 14+.

This class will take place online through Zoom. Links for Zoom classes will be sent 1 hour before the start of class. If you do not receive your link, please check your spam or submit an email through our contact page.

Live subtitles will be available upon request during this class. If you prefer a sign language interpreter, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).

About the teacher:
Tyler Lucero has connected people to the natural world as a science teacher in the Rochester City School District, a naturalist at West Irondequoit's Helmer Nature Center, a NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Outreach Scholar, and an interpretive ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. He studied geology at Brown University, and has both traveled widely to wild places in the United States and studied other worlds in our Solar System, but loves the landscape of his native Western New York best.

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