Press Release

NASA Hosts Live Discussion about Europa Findings, Potential for Life

By SpaceRef Editor
May 11, 2018
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NASA will host a Science Chat at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, May 14,
to discuss the latest analysis of Jupiter’s moon Europa and its status
as one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for
life. The event will air live on NASA TelevisionFacebook LiveTwitch TVUstreamYouTubeTwitter/Periscope and the agency’s website.

Europa has long been a high priority for exploration because beneath its icy crust lies a salty, liquid water ocean. NASA’s Europa Clipper,
targeted to launch in 2022, will be equipped with the instruments
necessary to determine whether Europa possesses the ingredients
necessary to support life as we know it.

Lori Glaze, acting director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division
(PSD), and JoAnna Wendel, PSD communications lead, will host the chat.
Guests include: 

  • Xianzhe Jia, associate professor in the Department of Climate and
    Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Elizabeth Turtle, research scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland
  • Margaret Kivelson, professor emerita of Space Physics in
    the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of
    California, Los Angeles 

Media who would like to ask questions during the event must email
their name, media affiliation and phone number to Felicia Chouat by 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 14

The public can send questions on social media by using #AskNASA at any time during the event.

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SpaceRef staff editor.