Friday, 11 May 2018

[NASA HQ News] NASA Hosts Live Discussion about Europa Findings, Potential for Life


May 11, 2018
MEDIA ADVISORY M18-078
NASA Hosts Live Discussion about Europa Findings, Potential for Life
A view of Europa created from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.
A view of Europa created from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute

NASA will host a Science Chat at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, May 14, to discuss the latest analysis of Jupiter’s moon Europa and its status as one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for life. The event will air live on NASA Television, Facebook Live, Twitch TV, Ustream, YouTube, Twitter/Periscope and the agency's website.

Europa has long been a high priority for exploration because beneath its icy crust lies a salty, liquid water ocean. NASA’s Europa Clipper, targeted to launch in 2022, will be equipped with the instruments necessary to determine whether Europa possesses the ingredients necessary to support life as we know it.

Lori Glaze, acting director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD), and JoAnna Wendel, PSD communications lead, will host the chat. Guests include:

    Xianzhe Jia, associate professor in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Elizabeth Turtle, research scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland
    Margaret Kivelson, professor emerita of Space Physics in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles

Media who would like to ask questions during the event must email their name, media affiliation and phone number to Felicia Chouat felicia.chou@nasa.gov by 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 14.

The public can send questions on social media by using #AskNASA at any time during the event.

For more information about Europa Clipper, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/europa

For information about NASA’s missions, programs and activities, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov

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