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Worlds Beyond Earth

It has taken thousands of generations and countless migrations to explore our own small planet. Now, in less than one lifetime, our robot surrogates have ventured to nearly every significant object in the solar system. Vast new territories and landscapes have opened up before our eyes. The experience has transformed the way we understand our species and its place in the universe. It may yet uncover alien life. Join scientists in a discussion of what we are learning today from worlds beyond Earth and find out where this effort is likely to lead us next.
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  • Ivan Semeniuk, Science Reporter

  • Mr. Semeniuk has worked as a science journalist in both print and broadcast media. He was US bureau chief for New Scientist and a columnist and field producer for Discovery Channel's science show Daily Planet. In 2007 he was named a Knight Fellow in Science Journalism at MIT. He holds degrees in science journalism and astronomy and physics.
  • Ralf Gellert, Associate Professor

  • University of Guelph
  • Ralf Gellert, Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph, is the lead scientist for the Alpha-Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) on board the Mars Exploration Rovers and of the improved APXS for the next rover in 2011. Together with international scientists his team in Guelph supports the ongoing Rover exploration on Mars and analyzes the returned chemical data.
  • John Grant, Geologist

  • Smithsonian Institution
  • John Grantjoined the Smithsonian in the fall of 2000 as a Geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum. He has been a member of the Science Team for the Mars Exploration Rovers since 2002, and is co-leader of the process to select the landing site for NASA's next Mars rover, the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory.
  • Sabine Stanley, Associate Professor

  • University of Toronto
  • Dr. Stanley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. Her research projects are in planetary magnetic fields and dynamo theory. She completed her PhD in Geophysics at Harvard University in 2004, then worked at Harvard and MIT before moving to Toronto.
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