RAS Public Lecture: The Search for Life in the Universe - FULLY BOO KED

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The Search for Life in the UniverseDr Louisa Preston (Open University)(Venue: Royal Astronomical Society Lecture Theatre)Booking is required for this event, please contact events@ras.org.uk  The search for life in the Universe is one of humanity's last great adventures and
we are closer than ever to sending humans to Mars, and other planets and moons
in the cosmos, to seek this life out. What are the chances of finding life on
Mars, Europa, or Titan and what might it look like? Astrobiologists are trying
to figure out where other forms of life might be hiding, how we can find it,
and what it might be able to tell us about ourselves and where we came from.
This talk will steer you through the search for life in the Universe and
explain how we use 'extreme' forms of life on Earth to guide us. We will then
discuss the chances of finding intelligent life elsewhere in the Universe, the
search for habitable planets in other distant solar systems, and the future for
our exploration, and ultimately colonisation, of the cosmos. Louisa is an Astrobiologist, Planetary Geologist and TED Fellow who spends her
time thinking up ways to find life on Mars, and how humanity might one day
colonise other planets and moons. She works in environments across the Earth
where life is able to survive our planet's most extreme conditions as
analogues for possible extra-terrestri?al life forms and habitats. Louisa is
also a popular science writer and communicator, currently working on her
first book "Goldilocks and the Water Bears: The Search for life in the
Universe" for Bloomsbury Sigma. You can follow her on Twitter
@LouisaJPreston and through her blog at www.louisajpreston.com.
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