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Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series Archive

2018-2019

The LPI at 50: A Half Century of Solar System Exploration


Curiosity and Our Evolving View of the Red Planet

Dr. Kirsten Siebach, Rice University

NASA’s Juno Mission: What’s New at Jupiter?
Dr. Fran Bagenal, The University of Colorado at Boulder

Surprises in the Saturn System
Dr. Linda Spilker, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ultima Thule: NASA’s Exploration of an Ancient and Distant World
Dr. Carly Howett, Southwest Research Institute

InSight into Planetary Interiors
Dr. Bruce Banerdt, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission to Asteroid Bennu
Dr. Kevin Righter, NASA Johnson Space Center

 

2017-2018

Diving into Ocean Worlds


Ocean Worlds: A Voyager retrospective, and a beginning

Dr. Paul Schenk, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Europa: Exploring a potentially habitable ocean world
Dr. Robert Pappalardo, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The potential for life within Enceladus after Cassini
Dr. Jonathan Lunine, Cornell University

Titan: A world with two styles of ocean
Dr. Ralph Lorenz, Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University

The Ultracool TRAPPIST-1 System: 7 Terrestrial Worlds, 7 Chances for Ice and Life
Dr. Susan Lederer, NASA Johnson Space Center

 

2016-2017

Mercury to Mars: LPI Explores the Solar System


The Value of the Moon

Dr. Paul Spudis, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Impact Cratering Across the Inner Solar System
Dr. Buck Sharpton, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Lunar Swirls: You don’t know what you’re missing (and neither do they)
Dr. Georgiana Kramer, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Mars: Are we there yet?
Dr. Patricia Craig, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

The Evolution of Water on Mars
Dr. Stephen Clifford, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Mercury: It's not the humidity, it's the heat!
Dr. Louise Prockter, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

 

2015-2016

Exploring the Solar System Today and Tomorrow


NASA's Exploration of Ceres and Pluto: An Update

Dr. Paul Schenk, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Exploring the Birth of Rocky Planets: The InSight Mission to Mars
Dr. Bruce Banerdt, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

OSIRIS-Rex: Sample Return from a Primitive Near-Earth Asteroid
Dr. Scott Messenger, NASA Johnson Space Center

NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter: What's Inside the Giant Planet?
Dr. Fran Bagenal, The University of Colorado at Boulder

The Curiosity Rover on Mars: Moving Toward the Mountain
Dr. Allan Treiman, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

 

2014-2015

“Science” on the Silver Screen


Gravity

Dr. Stanley Love, NASA Johnson Space Center

Exploring the Core: The Inside Story
Dr. Walter Kiefer, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

SETI: Real vs Reel
Dr. Jill Tarter, SETI Institute

Europa Report: A Report
Dr. Britney Schmidt, Georgia Institute of Technology

Movie Science: Who Cares If It’s Wrong?
Dr. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute

 

2013–2014

The Universe is Out to Get Us and What We Can (or Can't) Do About It


Solar Storm: Space Weather's Impacts on Society and the Economy (Link coming)
Dr. Daniel Baker, University of Colorado at Boulder

The 2013 Chelyabinsk Air Burst and the Hazards of Near-Earth Asteroid Impacts Dr. David Kring, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Exploding Stars, Cosmic Blowtorches, and the Runaway Universe (Link coming)
Dr. Jeffrey Silverman, The University of Texas at Austin

When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do? (Link Coming)
Dr. Seth Shostak, SETI Institute

 

2012–2013

A User's Guide to the Universe: You Live Here. Here's What You Need to Know


Big Bang Theory: The Three Pillars
Dr. Dragan Huterer, University of Michigan

Dark Energy: A Universe Out of Control
Dr. Nicholas Suntzeff, Texas A&M University

Biography of the Milky Way
Dr. James Bullock, University of California

Black Holes Inside and Out
Dr. Andrew Hamilton, University of Colorado at Boulder

 

2011–2012

NASA's Year of the Solar System: New Missions, New Perspectives, New Questions


Humanity's Changing Relationship with the Solar System (Link coming)
Dava Sobel, Author

Planet Formation: What's New With the Oldest Events in the Solar System
Dr. Bill Bottke, Southwest Research Institute

The GRAIL Mission and New Understanding of the Moon
Dr. Maria Zuber, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mars: Discoveries and Insights from 50 Years of Robotic Exploration (Link coming)
Dr. Stephen Clifford, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

 

2010–2011

Changing Climates in the Solar System


Venus, Earth, and Mars: A Climate Overview
Dr. Andrew Ingersoll, California Institute of Technology

Mars: The Decline and Fall of an Earth-Like Climate
Dr. Allan Treiman, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Calamitous Climate Change Produced by Impacting Asteroids and Comets
Dr. David Kring, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Icehouse to Greenhouse Transitions in Earth History: Lessons from Deep Time to Recent
Dr. Eugene Domack, Hamilton College

Earth’s Climate History: 1 Million Years Ago to the Present
Dr. James White, The University of Colorado at Boulder

 

2009–2010

The Search for Meaning, for Planets, for Life


Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance
Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ

Kepler, and the Search for Habitable Earths
Dr. William Cochran, University of Texas-Austin

Finding and Making Habitable Planets
Dr. Jim Kasting, Penn State University

What is Life? (and how should we look for it?)
Dr. Tori Hoehler, NASA Ames Research Center

 

2008–2009

The International Year of Astronomy


From the Big Bang to Big Brains: The Origin of Structure in an Evolving Universe
Dr. Jeff Hester, Arizona State University

Exploding Stars in an Accelerating Universe
Dr. Craig Wheeler, University of Texas-Austin

Exploring during the International Year of Astronomy
Dr. Paul Spudis, The Lunar and Planetary Institute

Star Cities of the Milky Way
Dr. Caty Pilachowski, Indiana University-Bloomington

 

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