ANNOUNCEMENT: Heads up folks – I have just noticed that the National Geographic Series (NGS) will be returning to Kansas City in 2016. One of the speaker series programs is titled: The Search for Life Beyond Earth. The program is scheduled for the Kaufmann Center located in Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday April 26, 2016 at 730PM. National Geographic offered the following preliminary program description:
DESCRIPTION: Astrobiologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand is looking for real extraterrestrials. He is currently helping plan a NASA mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to investigate evidence of a vast subsurface ocean – a body of water which could sustain primitive forms of life on this alien world nearly 600 million miles from our planet.
Based at Pasadena’s world-famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Hand is designing instruments for the probe that will travel to Europa. To gain perspective on the conditions these instruments will have to endure, and to see how microbes eke out a living in our world’s harshest climes, Hand has traveled to the most forbidding environments on Earth. He has conducted studies on the glaciers of Mount Kilimanjaro, the valleys of Antarctica, and the depths of our oceans.
FOR MORE INFO: Search Google for the “National Geographic Series” to find links to websites describing this and other NGS events, and to purchase tickets for the various programs.