Through the use of space systems we are able to study the universe from early in its formation up to the present day, unencumbered by constraints inherent in observing it from the ground. As such the universe becomes a “laboratory.”
 

Moderator:

Alan Dressler, SSB Member

 

Panelists:

Miles O’Brien, Television and Internet Journalist

 

Linda Billings, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs

 

Speaker 1:

Roger Blandford, Professor of Physics at Stanford University and Chair, Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2010)

 

Speaker 2:

Jean-Pierre Swings, Professor, Université de Liège, Institut d’Astrophysique et de Geophysique and Chair, European Space Sciences Committee

 
  Panel Interaction with Speaker
 
  Audience Interaction with Speaker and Panelists
 
5:45 p.m. Close of the Day’s Workshop Activities

Charles Kennel, SSB Chair

NOVEMBER 9, 2010

8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks

Charles Kennel, SSB Chair

 
9:00 a.m. Session 3: Are We Alone?
 
  This is an issue that spans the gamut from trying to detect microbial life beyond Earth to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Space systems and technology have and will continue to play key roles in these endeavors.
 

Moderator:

Robert T. Pappalardo, SSB Member

 

Panelists:

Marc Kaufman, Journalist, The Washington Post

 

Stephen Mautner, National Academies Press

 

Speaker 1:

Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and author of Is There Life Out There? The Search for Habitable Planets

 

Speaker 2:

Steven Benner, Distinguished Fellow, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution

 
  Panel Interaction with Speaker
 
  Audience Interaction with Speaker and Panelists


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