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Astronomy Talk by SETI Scientist - Dr. Rosalba Bonaccorsi

Title of the Talk: 

“Science Expeditions to Planetary-like environments and the search for life in the Solar System” 


The Astrobiology-driven search for Life in the Solar System and beyond begins here on Earth.  In connection with this search, the NASA vision for Space Exploration involves robotic missions to prepare for humans living, working on the surface of Mars, and exploring it for finding indicators of life.  The near future search for life will target Ocean Worlds such as Enceladus and Europa, icy moon with potentially habitable subglacial briny oceans. 

Over the past 10 years we have been planning and conducting NASA Spaceward Bound field expeditions to terrestrial planetary analog environments where we can gain scientific knowledge; and test technologies and analytical protocols for life detection. During SB expeditions we train teachers and educators as well as the next generation of scientists and space explorers; and we engage the local communities and the general public.

In this talk Rosalba will present examples of expeditions to extreme and remote deserts in Chile (Atacama), Namibia, New Zealand, Australia, Antarctica, and the Himalayas. A summary of the latest 2016 SB India Expedition to the Leh-Ladakh region will be also presented.

About the speaker:

Rosalba Bonaccorsi is an Astrobiologist of SETI Institute’s Carl Sagan Center at NASA Ames Research Center.

In 2001 Rosalba obtained her Ph.D. in Geological, Marine and Environmental Sciences from the University of Trieste (Italy). Since 2005 she has expanded her interest to the habitability of mineralogical Mars analogs, and very dry desert regions worldwide. For the past 10 years she has been science team member and field instructor during NASA’s Spaceward Bound expeditions ( to remote places including the Mojave Desert, Antarctica, Atacama (Chile), Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the Namib Desert.

Social Community Mixer: 

8:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Performing Arts Theater, EVC

Enjoy free snacks from our event sponsor - Rajjott Indian Cuisine & Sweets 

Public Stargazing Night:

Enjoy a free public stargazing session after the talk at the Montgomery Hill Observatory of Evergreen Valley College from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. View Moon, Mars, Orion Nebula, pleiades and many other objects.

Free parking in the parking lot #6 for this event.

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