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Science, Society, and the Search for Life Elsewhere/The History of Volatiles and the Climate on Mars - Past, Present, and Future

Science, Society, and the Search for Life Elsewhere/The History of Volatiles and the Climate on Mars - Past, Present, and Future

Prof. Bruce Jakosky, Principal Investigator of the Mars Atmospheric Volatile and Evolution (MAVEN) mission will be at Loyola for two presentations on Thursday October 31st. His first presentation will be at 10:30 a.m. on October 31, 2019 in the Palm Court Conference Area located in Mundelein Center.  The title of that presentation is “The History of Volatiles and Climate on Mars – Past, Present, and Future.”  The second presentation will be a 4:00 p.m. in the Palm Court Conference Area and is titled, “Science, Society, and The Search for Life Elsewhere”.  You are most welcome to come to either or both.

Bruce Jakosky is a Professor in both the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and in the Dept. of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  His research interests are in the geology of planetary surfaces, the evolution of the Martian atmosphere and climate, the potential for life on Mars and elsewhere, and the philosophical and societal issues in astrobiology.  He headed the University of Colorado’s team in the NASA Astrobiology Institute for more than ten years.  He is the Principal Investigator of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission to Mars which is a P.I.-led mission developed through the Mars Scout program. It has been orbiting Mars since fall of 2014; results have been published in more than 200 papers that have appeared in Science, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Nature, and Space Science Reviews.  He has published more than 250 papers in the refereed scientific literature, and has authored or co-authored a number of books, including “The Search for Life on Other Planets” and “Science, Society, and the Search for Life in the Universe”.