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Topic - Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice
Exploring Extreme Environments in Space

     If you wish to view a tape of this show; Please contact Sherri Rowe-Lopez at (818) 354-6170.

presented by Frank Carsey,
JPL Research Scientist

Thursday, February 22 The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA
Friday, February 23 The Forum at Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

Both lectures begin at 7 p.m.

Admission is free. Seating is limited.
For more information, call (818) 354-0112.

In the search for evidence of life beyond Earth, few bodies in the solar system offer more exciting research opportunities than Jupiter's moon Europa, with its frozen oceans and possible underwater volcanic vents. To explore these areas, researchers must first address a unique challenge: how to deliver science instruments to such extreme environments.

Scientists and engineers at JPL are working to create technologies capable of exploring extreme liquid and ice environments such as Hawaii's volcanic vents and the sub-glacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica. Specialized probes under development at JPL may soon make these kinds of Earth analogies for outer planets research possible. These instruments will serve as stepping stones in the development of missions to search for signs of life on Europa and in other remote locations.

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