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Titan: Ingredients for Life, Dr. Catherine Neish

Thursday, November 8, 2018
1:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB)
Room: 100
Department of Physics & Astronomy
London, Ontario

Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Catherine Neish

Department of Earth Sciences
Western University

“Titan: Ingredients for Life”


NASA's Cassini mission has revealed Saturn's larger moon Titan to be a world rich in the “stuff of life.” Reactions occurring in its dense nitrogen-methane atmosphere produce a wide variety of organic molecules, which subsequently rain down onto its surface. If these molecules mix with water found in cryovolanic lavas or impact melts on Titan's surface, they may react to form biological molecules such as amino acids. The prebiotic reactions occurring on Titan are intriguingly similar to reactions that may have occurred on the early Earth, and provide clues to the origin of life on our own world and worlds throughout the universe. In this presentation, I will report on the ideal locations for identifying biological molecules on Titan’s surface, and describe the Dragonfly mission concept for studying Titan as a habitable world.

STUDENTS – after the talk, you’re encouraged to return to the 2nd floor Atrium lounge to meet with the speaker.
COFFEE – coffee and cookies will be available in the 2nd floor Atrium lounge at 1:15 p.m.
CELL PHONES – as a courtesy to the speaker and audience, please set your cellphones to “silent” mode. Thanks!
Prof. P.G. Brown
Jodi Guthrie - Assistant to the Chair
519-661-2111 x.86438
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