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January 31, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
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Exploring Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon, by Dr. Ann M Parsons, Astrophysicist
Description: Saturn’s moon, Titan, is a water-ice dominated ocean world with abundant complex organic material covering its surface. Titan’s temperature is so cold (94 K or -180˚C) that it has liquid methane lakes. However, Titan is a surprisingly ideal destination to study what makes a planet or moon habitable and what chemical processes can lead to the development of life. This talk will present the case for an extensive exploration of Titan’s surface using a relocatable lander that can fly from one surface location to another. This Dragonfly mission concept would allow an investigation of Titan’s pre-biotic surface chemistry as well as a search for signatures of potential water-based or even hydrocarbon-based life.
About the Speaker: Dr. Ann Parsons received a BS in Physics from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D also in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt MD, for over 20 years, starting her career with the study of gamma ray bursts in the early universe and more recently focusing on the development of scientific instrumentation used to study the composition of planets in our own solar system.
Tracy Gill and Andy Loftus