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COSMIC MUSINGS & BOOK SIGNING - Earths Above: From Mars and Titan to Exoplanets
July 17th, 2017 7:30pm
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Cosmic Musings Lecture Series Sponsored by UNITED AIRLINES


Join Dr. Bonnie J. Buratti, a leading planetary astronomer, as she takes you on a personal tour of NASA's latest discoveries. Moving through the solar system from Mercury, Venus, Mars, past comets and asteroids and the moons of the giant planets, to Pluto, and on to exoplanets, she gives vivid descriptions of landforms that are similar to those found on Earth but that are more fantastic. Sulfur-rich volcanoes and lakes on Io, active gullies on Mars, huge ice plumes and tar-like deposits on the moons of Saturn, hydrocarbon rivers and lakes on Titan, and nitrogen glaciers on Pluto are just some of the marvels that await readers. Discover what it is like to be involved in a major scientific enterprise, with all its pitfalls and excitement, from the perspective of a female scientist. This engaging account of modern space exploration is for everyone, from students in high school to enthusiasts of all ages.


LEFT TO RIGHT: Worlds Fantastic, Worlds Familiar: A Guided Tour of the Solar System (Cambridge University Press) | Dr. Bonnie J. Buratti, Senior Research Scientist and technical manager at NASA’s JPL | Layered sedimentary rocks that fill an impact crater in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars (Photo credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona) | Header image: NASA's New Horizon image of Pluto (Photo credit: NASA/Applied Physics Lab, Johns Hopkins Univ./SWRI)


DR. BONNIE J. BURATTI is a Senior Research Scientist and technical manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. With expertise on the structure and evolution of planets and moons, she received degrees from MIT and Cornell. She holds leadership roles on the Cassini mission to Saturn and on the New Horizons Mission to Pluto, and she has served as an adviser for many NASA committees. She is the NASA Project Scientist for the Rosetta mission to a comet. She is the past Chair of the Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society. She is the author of over 200 scientific papers and book chapters, and she is a frequent public speaker and TV and radio guest. Dr. Buratti was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and the International Astronomical Union recognized her work by naming asteroid 90502 Buratti after her. Her book entitled Worlds Fantastic, Worlds Familiar: A Guided Tour of the Solar System was published in April 2017.





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RSVP deadline is JULY 17, 4:00 p.m.

The Stellar Emporium will be open after the presentation for a book signing.


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