Science Pub Portland: Life on Mars

JUNE 19, 2018 | 7-9PM

Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go

With David Weintraub, PhD, Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University


June 19, 2018 | 7-9PM; Doors Open @ 5PM | 

WE STILL HAVE PLENTY OF TICKETS TO TONIGHT'S EVENT! JOIN US FOR A GREAT LECTURE ABOUT MARS! $5 SUGGESTED DONATION AT THE DOOR.

 

The story of the search for life on Mars—and the moral issues confronting us as we prepare to send humans there.

 

Does life exist on Mars? The question has captivated humans for centuries, but today it has taken on new urgency. NASA plans to send astronauts to Mars orbit by the 2030s. SpaceX wants to go by 2024, while Mars One wants to land a permanent settlement there in 2032. As we gear up for missions like these, we have a responsibility to think deeply about what kinds of life may already inhabit the planet--and whether we have the right to invite ourselves in.

 

David Weintraub tells why, of all the celestial bodies in our solar system, Mars has beckoned to us the most. He traces how our ideas about life on Mars have been refined by landers and rovers, terrestrial and Mars-orbiting telescopes, spectroscopy, and even a Martian meteorite. He explores how finding DNA-based life on the Red Planet could offer clues about our distant evolutionary past, and grapples with the profound moral and ethical questions confronting us as we prepare to introduce an unpredictable new life form—ourselves—into the Martian biosphere.

 

David A. Weintraub is professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal with It?, How Old Is the Universe? (Princeton), Is Pluto a Planet?: A Historical Journey through the Solar System (Princeton), and Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go. He lives in Nashville.


OMSI Science Pub at the Empirical Theater is a ticketed event. To guarantee a seat at this event, please buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase until 11:59pm the day prior to the event. Please show your ticket at the theater entrance upon arrival.

 

If the event sells out, we will update the website and Facebook listings accordingly. If the event does not sell out in advance, attendance will be first-come, first-served at the door and at-the-door admission will remain a suggested donation.

 

There will no longer be official seat reservations available at the door. You are welcome to reserve a seat with your jacket or sweater.


Science Pub OMSI is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: sciencepub@omsi.edu.

 

Theory, OMSI's eatery will be open with pizza, salads and ice cream. The Empirical Cafe will be open with sandwiches and snacks. Both locations have alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm.

 

For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email: sciencepub@omsi.edu.