Jet Propulsion Laboratory Home Page
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Website National Aeronatics and Space Administration CalTech Home Page
JPL Home Page Earth Solar System Stars and Galaxies Technology Search
Images and Videos News Missions Events Kids Education Scientists and Engineers About JPL
Upper-left corner   Upper-right corner
  NEWS
Dot PRESS RELEASES

  Dot2001 RELEASES

  Dot2000 RELEASES

  Dot1999 RELEASES

  Dot1998 RELEASES

  Dot1997 RELEASES

  Dot1996 RELEASES

Dot PRESS KITS

Dot FACT SHEETS

Dot FEATURES

Dot PROFILES

Dot IMAGES / VIDEOS

Dot MEDIA VISITS

Dot MEDIA CONTACTS

Dot EMPLOYEE NEWSPAPER

 
2002 News Releases

Free Lectures Link Space Rocks and Earth Life
June 12, 2002

Asteroid Ida
Asteroid Ida related links

Browse image
Lecture/webcast information

       The influence of asteroids and comets on life on Earth will be the topic of two free, public lectures entitled "Comets, Asteroids and the Interplanetary Shooting Gallery" at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Thursday, June 20, and at Pasadena City College on Friday, June 21.

       Dr. Don Yeomans, head of NASA's Near Earth Objects program office, will discuss how comets and asteroids brought the building blocks of life to the young Earth and how later impacts caused worldwide extinctions. He will also describe steps being taken today to detect potentially hazardous comets and asteroids.

       Liquid water, carbon-based molecules and a relatively stable environment are critical elements for life. Comets and asteroids can bring water and the chemicals on which life is based, but can also bring widespread destruction. If future impacts are inevitable, what should we do?

       Both lectures begin at 7 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The JPL lecture will be webcast live and will be available after the event at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures/jun02.html .

       The lecture at JPL, located at 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, off the Oak Grove Drive exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway, will be held in the von Karman Auditorium. The Friday lecture will be held in Pasadena City College's Vosloh Forum at 1570 E. Colorado Blvd.

       For more information, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures/jun02.html or call (818) 354-0112. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.


Contacts: JPL/Martha Heil (818) 354-0850

Bottom-left corner   Bottom-right corner  

Privacy / Copyright FAQ Feedback Site Map