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      Astronomy Night: World Water Day in New York

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      March 22, 2019

      Friday   7:30 PM

      Pier 86 (46th Street and 12th Avenue)
      New York, New York 10036

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      Astronomy Night: World Water Day

      Astronomy Night at the Intrepid Museum World Water Day: Europa 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm Oceans help make life on Earth possible. So if there are oceans beyond Earth, do living things exist on those worlds? This is a question that NASA scientists are trying to answer. We know that water exists on moons, dwarf planets and even comets. Ice, water vapor in the atmosphere and oceans on other worlds offer clues in the quest to discover life beyond our home planet. Join NASA engineer Todd Barber and astrobiologist Laurie Barge from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as they discuss a strong candidate for further study– Europa, one of Jupiter’s 53 moons.   Learn more about the search for water and possibly life on Europa at this family-friendly talk celebrating World Water Day!   7:00pm: Doors open 7:30pm: Presentation 8:15pm–10:00pm: Pop-up planetarium shows   Astronomy Night will be primarily standing room only because of reduced seating capacity. Registration does not guarantee a seat. SPEAKERS Todd Barber is a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory senior propulsion engineer who is currently wrapping up two decades as lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission to Saturn. Prior to that, he did part-time work on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission, Deep Impact mission and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, which landed the large rover Curiosity on the red planet on August 5th, 2012. Todd also worked as the lead impactor propulsion engineer on Deep Impact, which successfully crashed into Comet Tempel-1 on Independence Day, 2005, at 23,000 miles per hour. He recently completed work on Dawn, an ion propulsion mission to the two largest main-belt asteroids, Vesta and Ceres. He also supports the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission and the Voyager mission, more than forty years after launch. Dr. Laurie Barge is a research scientist in astrobiology at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her research expertise is the emergence of life on Earth and the search for life on other worlds. One of her greatest interests is geological and chemical systems that self-organize and exhibit complex behavior. Though these systems are not alive, they can be used to understand how the transition from non-life to life might have occurred. She also studies underwater hydrothermal vents, which provide energy for life and are thought to exist on the ocean world moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Dr. Barge also works on planetary science missions. She is currently the investigation scientist for the HiRISE instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and she participates in mission operations as a MRO cycle coordinator. Photo courtesy of NASA.

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