The Search for Life Beyond Earth: Talk by Dr. Mitch Schulte

Dr. Mitch Schulte is a Program Scientist with the Mars Exploration Program in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

NASA’s strategic objective in planetary science is to “ascertain the content, origin, and evolution of the solar system and the potential for life elsewhere”. Much of our scientific research and many of our spacecraft are geared toward understanding the conditions that allow life to emerge and persist in the solar system. We will look at life in extreme environments on Earth, and use it as a guide to understanding the potential for life beyond Earth.


Why Haven’t We Found ET?

Don’t miss this talk Why Haven’t We Found ET? at Space Place  

What is life? Are we alone in the universe? What is the future of humankind?

Dr Seth Shostak Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in California, will present a special talk at Space Place, looking at the search for evidence of intelligent life elsewhere. 

It’s been nearly six decades since Frank Drake conducted the first, modern experiment to eavesdrop on signals from cosmic beings.  Many searches have been undertaken since, but the bottom line is that we still haven’t heard a peep from the aliens.  Does that mean that we’re the smartest things in this part of the universe, or that they’ve decided to deliberately keep a low profile? 

In this fascinating talk, Dr Shostak looks at the modern efforts to discover other intelligence in the universe and what – if anything – our failure might be telling us.
Dr Seth Shostak was brought to New Zealand with the help of the New Zealand Astrobiology Network and for the Astrobiology Australasia Meeting (AAM2018), and we are thrilled to offer you the extraordinary opportunity to hear him speak.