National Geographic Live – The Search For Life Beyond Earth

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Astrobiologist Kevin hand is searching for life beyond Earth. Working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, he is designing instruments that will travel to Jupiter’s moon Europa to search for a possible subsurface ocean, which may support primitive forms of life. His work often takes him out of the lab to visit some of the world’s most forbidding environments ⎯ such as Antarctica and the deep sea ⎯ to investigate how microbes eke out a living under extreme conditions. Don’t miss this first-hand report on the search for real extraterrestrials.

“The fundamental questions we’re trying to answer are questions humanity has asked ever since we first gazed into the night sky: What is life and could it exist out there beyond Earth?” — Kevin Hand

TICKETS

Subscription tickets to 3-part National Geographic Live speaker series go on sale Friday, September 25 at 10am. Individual lecture tickets go on sale Friday, October 23 at 10am.

National Geographic Live 3-Part Speaker Series:
$60.00 - $120.00
*Save on service charges and pay only a $10 order fee when you order the 3-lecture subscription!

Individual Speakers
Adult Tickets: $20.00 - $40.00
Student Tickets: $10.00 w/ ID at the Portland'5 Box Office (1111 SW Broadway; M-SA 10am-5pm)
*Service charges apply

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Kevin P. Hand is a planetary scientist/astrobiologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. His work focuses on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the solar system and involves both numerical modeling and laboratory research on the physics and chemistry of icy moons in the outer solar system, with an emphasis on Jupiter’s second large moon, Europa. Hand has served on NASA’s Science Definition Teams for the Europa Flagship mission and has worked on several instruments for solar system exploration, including an active mid-infrared micro-Fourier Transform spectrometer that was field tested in Antarctica and proposed for the instrument suite on Mars Science Lab rover. He is also the science principal investigator for the NASA Astrobiology Institute’s ‘Icy Worlds’ node at JPL. His work has taken him from the depths of the oceans to the summit of Kilimanjaro. Hand has been featured in several documentaries on television and in an Imax film. Hand earned a Bachelors degree in physics and astronomy from Dartmouth College, a Master in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, and a PhD in geological and environmental sciences from Stanford University. He was a visiting scholar in the astrophysics department at Princeton before joining the staff at JPL. Hand was born and raised in Manchester, Vermont.
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