Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS)

Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS)

In-person public events at the Lunar and Planetary Institute have been postponed until further notice. The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s new public engagement program provides the opportunity to connect with planetary scientists from home! Virtual Exploration Experiences with Planetary Scientists (VEEPS) are 30-minute online sessions that include a scientist’s presentation, a demonstration related to the topic, and some time for questions and discussion with the scientist.

VEEPS: Space Rocks!

July 22, 2021, 6:00 p.m. (CDT)

meteorites

If you have ever seen a shooting star, then you may have seen a meteoroid falling to Earth. Once these space rocks land, scientists call them meteorites. Meteorites come in different shapes, sizes, and appearances, and can come from the asteroid belt, the Moon, and Mars! Meteorites can help scientists answer questions about how our planets and solar system formed and changed over time. Join us to learn how we study meteorites and how to tell them apart from other rocks on Earth.

Dr. Jennifer Gorce
Dr. Jennifer Gorce

Dr. Jennifer Gorce is a postdoctoral researcher at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. She currently studies ancient meteorites from the asteroid Vesta to better understand how the outer layers of asteroids formed and changed in the early solar system. She has also researched how metamorphic Earth rocks return to the surface after being buried deep in Earth’s crust.

Elizabeth Heiny
Elizabeth Heiny

Elizabeth Heiny is an undergraduate student and intern with the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s summer intern program. She works with Dr. Jennifer Gorce and Dr. Justin Filiberto to study the origin and formation of high-pressure minerals in ancient meteorites.


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