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Life on Mars: Past and Future

  • Chabot Space & Science Center, Megadome Theater 10000 Skyline Boulevard Oakland, CA United States (map)

Life on Mars: Past and Future
with Christopher McKay
part of the Future Fridays Series
Friday, March 11
, 6:00-7:30PM
Chabot Space & Science Center, Megadome Theater,
10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
$26 in advance, $30 at the door, includes general admission

http://www.chabotspace.org/future-fridays.htm

The search of past life on Mars is one of the key goal of NASA's astrobiology program. The indications from the missions to date are that we will have to drill meters below ground to find any preserved evidence of past life. Mars may have life in the future though. Humans may decide to set up permanent bases on Mars, as it may also be possible to restore the climate of Mars resulting in biology widespread on its surface. In his talk, Christopher McKay will explore the challenges and opportunities that impact our journey to Mars.

Christopher McKay is a leading astrobiologist and planetary scientist with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley. McKay has spent more than 30 years advancing human understanding of the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life on Earth. He is actively involved in planning for future Mars missions that include human exploration. Christopher has been involved with polar and desert research, traveling to the Antarctic Dry Valleys, the Atacama Desert, the Arctic, and the Namib Desert to conduct research in these Mars-like environments. In his talk, McKay will explore the challenges and opportunities that impact our journey to Mars.

Don't miss out on participating in this fascinating discussion. Chabot's telescopes will be open and are included in your ticket price.

Earlier Event: March 11
FOGcon 2016: Transformations
Later Event: March 11
Friday Night Bay Lights Sail