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Looking for Life Beyond Earth

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

Featured Speaker: Pamela Gay, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville; astronomer, writer, and podcaster. Astronomy Cast, www.AstronomyCast.com

Jodie Foster’s character in the movie Contact, considers a universe without life “an awful waste of space.” Many scientists agree with this rather non-scientific statement; and today, telescopes around the world, on the surface and in orbit, look for signs of life in space. Some of these searches are remarkably close to home–Future Mars missions are designed to look for signs of life on the Red Planet. The planetary science community is seeking funding to look for life under the ice of Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Even Saturn’s hazy moon Titan may be a possible home for bacterial biology. While all these not-too-distant worlds may possess evidence of past or present life, we know they aren’t host to intelligent life like our own. To find that, we need to look outward, searching for signs of life on planets orbiting alien stars. Astronomer Dr. Pamela Gay tells us how scientists decide where to look for life, talks about the techniques they use, and how we guess at the probability of actually finding–Life Beyond Earth.

Learn more about Dr. Gay by visiting her blog at

Photos: © Pamela Gay

To be held at:

Kirkwood High School Keating Theater

801 West Essex

Kirkwood, MO 63122

FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.

FREE parking in high school lot.

STUDENT OPPORTUNITES TO COMPETE FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS— two $250 scholarships for middle and high school students. Attend 3 – 4 seminars or panel discussions and write about your experience. Scholarship decisions announced in May 2011.

DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science– Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.

Pioneering Science Series co-sponsor:


Tuesday, April 19, 2011
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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