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The Search for Life: Our Celestial Neighborhood and the Role of the Moon

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Date(s) - Saturday, January 23
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Come join NASA Ambassador John Fontana in a discussion of recent discoveries of lunar water, the future of human space exploration, and the search for extraterrestrial life. This program will be held via Zoom. Registrants will be emailed an invitation link to join the Zoom meeting on the morning of Saturday, January 23. Please contact the library if you need assistance using Zoom.

Celebrate the new year with science! The first seventeen registrants to this program can pick up a copy of the 2021 NASA calendar at the Moffat Library drive-through.

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There are compelling arguments for the existence of life elsewhere in the Universe and possibly within our own Solar System.  Down through the ages and now with us, the sense of exploration, finding what’s out there, is part of the human spirit.  Are we alone or do we have cousins?  With the vastness of the Universe it would be arrogant and self-serving to think that Earth is the only spot in vastness of the cosmos that is inhabited.  We may never meet our cousins from the other galaxies but we have an opportunity to do so right in our backyard.

With dozens of planned robotic and human missions to the Moon as part of the Artemis program, NASA and its partners are designing Mars-forward technologies for the Moon in the 2020s to ensure smarter, safer human missions to Mars as early as the 2030s. The top five hazards to crew during human spaceflight – altered gravity, radiation, hostile environment, isolation/confinement and distance from Earth – are already being studied through mission simulations on the ground and aboard the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit. Moving these simulations to the Moon, which is days away from home rather than hours, will allow the agency to test new deep space exploration systems and technologies, increasing the fidelity of the tests to prepare astronauts for long-duration spaceflight much farther from Earth.

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