Virtual Public Lecture on Thursday, October 15

October 6, 2020

New Insights into the Origin of Diamonds in Meteorites

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites inquisitive adults interested in current topics in space science and exploration to join us for the second presentation in the 2020–2021 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series given by Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton. Dr. Elkins-Tanton will speak about the upcoming Psyche mission to the metallic asteroid named Psyche. The presentation will be held virtually on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Central.

Watch the presentation here 

The Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series features some of the hottest topics in our solar system and beyond with the scientists who are making the discoveries. Elkins-Tanton is the managing director and co-chair of the Arizona State University Interplanetary Initiative and is the Principal Investigator of the Psyche mission. Her research includes theory, observation, and experiments concerning rocky planetary formation, magma oceans, and subsequent planetary evolution.

Over the next ten years, five spacecraft will launch into the solar system to explore ten incredibly diverse objects. This armada of spacecraft will set their sights on the Moon, Europa, Titan, and seven asteroids. The 2020-2021 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series, “To the Moon, asteroids, and beyond: The coming decade of solar system exploration,” features scientific leaders of these exciting missions, each describing how their mission will contribute to our growing, ever-changing knowledge of the solar system.

Until further notice, all presentations in the 2020-2021 series will be virtual. Information for connecting to the presentation will be available on the series’ webpage. Recordings of past presentations are available on LPI’s YouTube channel.

2020–2021 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series

September 3, 2020 Dr. Cathy Olkin, Southwest Research Institute
Lucy mission to Trojan Asteroids
October 15, 2020 Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Arizona State University
Psyche: Journey to a Metallic World
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November 12, 2020 Dr. Jennifer Heldmann, NASA Ames Research Center
VIPER mission to the Moon
Winter 2021 Europa Clipper mission
Speaker TBD
Winter/Spring 2021 Dragonfly mission to Titan
Speaker TBD

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