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Sunday, May 27 • 11:00am - 11:50am
The Hunt for Groot: Astrobiology at NASA

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Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. NASA scientists study astrobiology to better understand our own Earth and the life that inhabits it. For example, by investigating how chemicals and minerals got to other planets, and where they are located (e.g. on the surface or deep inside), we may better understand how the essential compounds for life on Earth arrived and were distributed. The study of astrobiology also informs the search for exoplanets in habitable zones. If we understand how life arose on Earth, we may better identify distant planets that may support life (as we know it).

Come hear real NASA scientists talk about the various STEM fields that contribute to astrobiology, and how it is an integral part of many NASA missions, including the Mars Rovers, Cassini, and even Hubble.

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman

Shawn Domagal-Goldman in a Research Space Scientist in the Planetary Environments Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He is an astrobiologist that focuses on comparative planetology. As a member of multiple interdisciplinary teams, he simulates the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Giada Arney

Giada Arney

Dr. Giada Arney is an astrobiologist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She loves planets of all types, especially planets orbiting other stars called exoplanets. Her research focuses on detecting and characterizing potentially habitable exoplanets with future telescopes. Using... Read More →

Staff
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Jandy Hanna

Jandy Hanna, PhD, MSB, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Biomedical Sciences Division at WVSOM. Her PhD is in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and she currently teaches medical gross anatomy and studies the biomechanics of locomotion. Her Masters is in bioethics, in which... Read More →

Sunday May 27, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am
 Woodrow Wilson B