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Exploring Space Lectures

Missions that visit and sample other worlds give us a different perspective and expand our understanding in new ways. Mars, Venus, Titan, Bennu: Our understanding of these distant worlds are enhanced by incredible robotic missions that reached out and touched them. The 2021 Exploring Space Lecture Series will some of those missions.

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Presented Online Exploring Space Lectures
March 23, 2021 | 8:00pm

Mars 2020 and the Importance of Planetary Protection

Mars 2020 had a very unique biological contamination plan to both protect Mars as well as the scientific integrity of the collected sample. Join this discussion for a mission overview and an exploration of Planetary Protection activities.

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Perseverance in the Clean Room
Presented Online Exploring Space Lectures
April 27, 2021 | 8:00pm

Sampling an Asteroid to Understand the Birth of Our Planet

Last year, NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission accomplished something not done in nearly 50 years by a U.S. space mission — sampling the surface of another planetary body for return to Earth. In this talk, you'll hear about the 15 year odyssey of proposing, building, and launching OSIRIS-REx, leading up to a year-long orbital mission and the moment OSIRIS-REx sampled the surface of asteroid Bennu. 

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OSIRIS-REx
Presented Online Exploring Space Lectures
May 26, 2021 | 8:00pm

Dragonfly: In Situ Exploration of Saturn's Moon Titan, an Organic Ocean World

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is an ocean world with a dense atmosphere, abundant complex organic material on its icy surface, and a liquid-water ocean in its interior. Hear about NASA's upcoming Dragonfly New Frontiers mission is a rotorcraft lander designed to perform long-range in situ investigation of the chemistry and habitability of this fascinating extraterrestrial environment. 

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Colorized View of Titan from Cassini
Presented Online Exploring Space Lectures
June 29, 2021 | 8:00pm

Venus Rediscovered: An Astrobiological or Astrophysical Frontier?

Venus remains Earth’s enigmatic “sister,” potentially hiding secrets about the limits of habitability, loss of oceans, and extreme climate change. Discover how the foreboding Venus of today is poised to share its secrets in the upcoming decades as a new window on our solar system and beyond.

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Planet Venus

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