Forum Schedule Spring 2021

All talks are conducted online

Fridays 3:45pm - 4:45pm BPB-217

Date Speaker Topic (click down-arrow to see abstract)
Jan 22 Jason Barnes
University of Idaho, Moscow
host: David Jeffery

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Meeting number: 120 184 5016
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Dragonfly: NASA's Titan Rotorcraft Lander

Dragonfly is NASA's most recently selected planetary mission. Its science is prebiotic chemistry, habitability, and a search for chemical biosignatures on Saturn's huge moon Titan. Titan's draw derives from its status as an Ocean World. Like Europa, Enceladus, and potentially other icy outer solar system objects, Titan sports a liquid water ocean beneath its icy outer crust. But unlike those sister Ocean Worlds, Titan's surface and atmosphere contain a large quantity and complexity of carbon compounds. When liquid water develops transiently on Titan's surface -- either from cryovolcanism or impact melt -- water mixes with that surface organic material. Dragonfly will explore the chemistry of the resulting mixture at 80-km-diameter Selk Crater where that water, though now frozen, shows pathways for prebiotic chemistry that may resemble the process through which life formed on Earth 4 billion years ago. In my colloquium, I will discuss the specific scientific experiments that the Dragonfly lander will enable, as well as the instrumentation and exploration strategies that the science team will use to answer our science questions once we land in the mid-2030s.

Jan 29

Feb 5

Feb 12 Akimasa Kataoka
National Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
host: Chao-Chin Yang

Feb 19

Feb 26

Mar 5

Mar 12

Mar 19 Spring Break

Mar 26

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Apr 9

Apr 16

Apr 23

Apr 30

May 7 Study Week

May 14 Finals Week

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