Searching for Life in the Universe

Jul 14, 2020 | Science

Welcome to The Not Old Better Show, I’m your host, Paul Vogelzang, and this is episode #463.

As part of our Smithsonian Associates Inside Science Series, our program today is with George Mason University Observatory team members, Peter Plavchan and Michael Summers. Since the dawn of humankind, we have wondered if we are alone in the universe. Peter Plavchan, and Michael Summers, professors of physics and astronomy at George Mason University, are with us today to examine how science has progressed in furthering our understanding of this age-old question.

We’ll explore the prospects for life within in our solar system—from tardigrades on the moon to the mysteries on Mars and the oceans of Europa. Over the past 30 years, science fiction has become science fact, with the discovery of thousands of exoplanet worlds. Take a look at plans for future NASA missions beyond the solar system to capture images of other Earths, as well as the latest on the scientific searches of technosignatures from intelligent alien civilizations (if they are out there). With remote access, virtually tour the observatory, and if weather allows, view the skies through GMU’s primary telescope.

Please join me in welcoming to The Not Old Better Show via internet phone, Peter Plavchan and Michael Summers.

My thanks to Drs. Peter Plavchan and Michael Summers for joining us today to talk about Searching for Life in the Universe.

And my thanks always to you, my wonderful Not Old Better Show audience. Remember, stay safe everyone, practice smart social distancing, and Talk About Better. The Not Old Better Show. Thanks, everybody.