Searching for Life in the Universe
Dr. Chris McKay, NASA AMES Research Center,
"Searching for primitive life in the Solar System"
Dr. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute
"Searching for intelligent life around other stars"
|Friday 28 July 2006 7.30 pm
Art Building Auditorium (Rm 132)
A "Frontiers of Astronomy" Presentation
| Open to the Public
Are we alone? Nobody knows for certain, but several prominent scientists have devoted their careers to the search for extraterrestrial life. The two talks that form this evening's presentation take very different approaches to looking for life elsewhere:
Chris McKay studies primitive life forms in dry hostile places on Earth and uses what he has learned to design space probes that go to places like Mars and Titan. He is currently the program scientist for the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program.
Seth Shostak favors using large radio telescopes to look for signals deliberately or accidentally sent by intelligent beings on a planet around a distant star. He is a frequent broadcaster on astronomical topics and is host of a one-hour weekly program on astrobiology entitled "Are We Alone?"
Both scientists are visiting UH to give talks at the Computational Astrobiology Summer School of the UH/NASA Astrobiology Institute