If you are passionate about the exciting prospects of exploring the vast expanse of our solar system and searching for clues of life, then there’s an event today on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. that you will want to keep your eye on. You may ask why I am sharing this news on Science Around Michigan, and I would offer up that I believe this discussion is part of a larger dialogue on exploring our solar neighborhood that will absolutely affect all of us here in the Mitten.
From 2:00 to 3:30 pm EST this afternoon, The Planetary Society and CEO Bill Nye (the science guy) will be hosting a United State Senate discussion on exploring our solar system and the possibilities of finding life.
I strongly recommend checking this out if you are in the Capitol area. I would be there myself if I wasn’t 700 miles away working. The public are welcome and doors open to Room 562 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building at 1:30 pm. The expert panel will cover some very important topics such as Mars exploration, the possibility of returning Martian samples to Earth, and the exploration of the mysterious ice-covered moon, Europa.
Other confirmed speakers include Dr. Kevin hand, Deputy Chief Scientist of Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Dr. Michael Meyer, Lead Scientist for the Mars Exploration Program, NASA. Check out The Planetary Society press release for more information.