Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space

Science on Tap - Oregon & Washington
Science on Tap - Oregon & Washington
Public group

Kiggins Theatre

1011 Main Street · Vancouver, WA

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This event is also open to the public, but there will be a designated area inside for Meetup Members to get together at 6:30pm. Look for the Meetup sign.

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DATE: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

TIME: Doors at 6pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7pm.


- General Admission: $13
- Student / Ages 65+: $7
- VIP** (guaranteed seating): $20
- Supporter**: $30
- Add a book to any advance ticket: $26

- General Admission: $15
- Student / Ages 65+: $10
- Books sold at event: $30

PLEASE NOTE -- RSVP-ing "yes" to these events does not automatically get you in the door. You must either purchase tickets in advance (ticket details above), or if we have not sold out, you may buy tickets at the door.

FOOD & DRINK: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn, and snacks available.

Where is the best place to find life beyond Earth? We often look to Mars as the most promising site in our solar system, but recent scientific missions have revealed that some of the most habitable real estate may actually lie farther away. Beneath the frozen crusts of several of the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn lurk vast oceans that may have been in existence for as long as Earth, and together may contain more than fifty times its total volume of liquid water. Could there be organisms living in their depths? Kevin Peter Hand’s book “Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space” reveals the science behind the thrilling quest to find out.

Kevin Peter Hand is one of today’s leading NASA scientists, and his pioneering research has taken him on expeditions around the world. At this Science on Tap, he will bring together insights from planetary science, biology, and the adventures of scientists like himself to explain how we know that oceans exist within moons of the outer solar system, like Europa, Titan, and Enceladus. He’ll discuss how the exploration of Earth’s ocean is informing our understanding of the potential habitability of these icy moons, and draws lessons from what we have learned about the origins of life on our own planet to consider how life could arise on these distant worlds.

Books will be available for purchase from Vintage Books



Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver (


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*A note on advance ticket sales: There is an additional fee for purchase, but this ticket guarantees a seat at the event start time of 7:00pm. In the event of a sold-out show, tickets not redeemed by 7:10pm may be released. Advance ticket sales end at 12:00am the night before the show.

**A note on ticket levels: VIP tickets guarantee front center seating that stays available through entire show — meaning you can arrive late and your seat will be waiting for you. Supporter tickets get VIP benefits (guaranteed seating) plus a voluntary upcharge to help support the true cost of producing events.

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