Exploring Earth for Extreme Life

Saturday June 23rd, 2012
4:15 pm
Ballroom B

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Darlene S. Lim- research interests span both the Earth and Space Sciences. While her background is in Geobiology, Darlene has been parlaying her field research into helping the space exploration community develop the tools and operations concepts needed for humans to conduct science in the hostile environment of space. For the past 8 years, Darlene has been the Principal Investigator of the Pavilion Lake Research Project, which is a multi-disciplinary program anchored in both science and exploration research. She is also the Science Lead for the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) program, which is conducting science and operations research into understanding how to explore Near Earth Asteroids. Darlene is a DeepWorker submersible pilot, which she has been using to explore both lakes and marine environments.
Nathalie A. Cabrol - Exploration, whatever its focus, is limitless, multi-facetted, and exquisitely complex. The understanding of how and why planets evolve, whether they could have hosted habitats for life, how climate change impacts their habitability - and for Earth, its biodiversity - are questions that need to be addressed through a synergetic approach by looking at many different and complementary angles simultaneously. Nathalie’s vision of exploration reflects this philosophy. Exploration takes Nathalie from Mars to the summit of the highest volcanoes in the Andes, to the bottom of lakes, and to the most arid deserts in the world. She bridges planets by deciphering their past from the present and their present from their past, and builds a vision of their future.
Dale T. Andersen - The exploration of the Antarctic continent readily conjures up images of desolation. But for humans to survive there, they must be members of carefully planned, integrated teams. As the American leader of a joint US/Soviet expedition to Antarctica, biologist Dale Andersen spent six months with a multinational, multicultural crew in this remote, hostile environment, carrying out research relevant to the search for life on Mars. “In addition to the rigors of the local environment,” says Andersen, “we had to address the challenges of our differing cultures and languages.” Buy Dale Andersen's SETIcon II Interview DVD
Pascal Lee- a Planetary Scientist at the SETI Institute. Dr. Lee’s research focuses on asteroids, impact craters, and Mars, in particular the history of water on Mars. Based on his fieldwork in Earth’s polar regions, Lee was first to propose the Cold Early Mars model which suggests, counter to conventional wisdom, that Mars was climatically cold throughout its history, rather than “warm and wet”. He also works on advancing the human exploration of Mars


Edna DeVore - Science and astronomy educator Edna DeVore is the Deputy CEO and the Director of Education and Public Outreach (EPO) at the SETI Institute. She’s been a researcher, planetarium director, teacher, and curriculum writer, and currently is busy with projects related to education and SETI. Notable among these are the “Life in the Universe” curriculum materials for students in grades 3-9 and a new high school course, “Voyages Through Time”. Edna also co-directs the education and public outreach programs for two NASA missions: SOFIA and Kepler.