AAC Public Meeting @ Florida Museum of Natural History

  • 8 Mar 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
Join us for an exciting and interesting evening at the Florida Museum of Natural History!

7:00 - 7:30 General Meeting & Announcements
7:30 - 7:45 Refreshments
7:45 - Public Presentation

Speaker: Professor Robert Ferl, Horticultural Sciences Department, University of Florida

Topic: Space Biology and Astrobiology – moving life around the solar system in spaceships.

Synopsis: The human spaceflight program offers science the unique opportunity to explore the limits of life within the solar system. After all, every living thing on the Earth knows only  how to live, well, on the Earth. Yet as our space vehicles move us around the solar system and beyond, we are learning about the limits and opportunities for living off the earth. We will discuss what science has learned about life off the surface of the earth and what it would take to have viable colonies on the moon or mars. We will also discuss the process of how we learn about how living things adapt to living in space, with some surprising parallels to astronomy investigations and some wild parallels to what happened in The Martian.

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