4 Mar. 2021 – Club Meeting Presentation
— Thursday night, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. —
This free speaker presentation will be offered virtually using the online Webex video-conferencing platform. Follow this link for instructions on how to join this virtual meeting presentation.
An Astronomy Guest Speaker Series Event – a collaboration of the Astronomy Club of Asheville and UNC-Asheville
Exploration of the Solar System’s Ocean Worlds
– presented by
Morgan Cable, PhD, Ocean Worlds Program Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Our solar system is host to multiple ocean worlds – planets and moons that contain oceans of liquid, usually water, either on their surfaces or underneath icy crusts. These worlds are prime targets of exploration due to NASA’s quest to “follow the water” and may contain all three ingredients for life as we know it – water, chemistry, and energy. Could life exist in the oceans of Enceladus or Europa? Could even stranger life have emerged in the liquid methane lakes of Titan? Dr. Cable will cover our current state of knowledge of these ocean worlds, and discuss some current missions and future mission concepts to explore their plumes, surfaces, and ocean depths.