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Sunday, March 9 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
First Signs: Finding Life on Other Planets

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The James Webb Space Telescope is the world’s most ambitious scientific experiment. It is the successor to the iconic Hubble Space Telescope, and will be 100x more powerful. The Webb Telescope, taller than a four-story building, is designed to answer some of the most puzzling scientific questions that humankind faces today. "How did the Universe form?", "Is our Solar System unique?", and "Are we alone?" Webb will answer these questions, and many more, by taking the deepest and clearest pictures of the cosmos to date. But JWST is not alone. JWST discoveries will rely on the findings of precursor telescopes like Kepler, which has already discovered dozens of Earth-size planets, or the upcoming WFIRST and TESS missions. Our panel will examine the important contributions these telescopes will make in the search for life in the Universe, and set the stage for how JWST could find the first signs of life on another planet.

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Natalie Batalha

Research AstrophysicistNASA Ames Research Center/SJSUDr. Natalie Batalha is a research astronomer in the Space Sciences Division of NASA Ames Research Center and the Kepler Mission Scientist. Dr. Batalha started her career as a stellar spectroscopist studying young, sun-like stars... Read More →
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Blake Bullock

Civil Air & Space Dir for Business & Advanced Systems DevNorthrop Grumman Aerospace SystemsBlake Bullock is the James Webb Space Telescope Campaign Lead for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, CA. In this role, she is responsible for supporting scientific and technical... Read More →
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Alberto Conti

Innovation ScientistNorthrop Grumman Aerospace SystemsDr. Alberto Conti is the Innovation manager for Civil Air and Space in the Business and Advanced Systems Development organization at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
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Amber Straughn

Deputy Project Scientist for JWST Communications & OutreachNASADr. Amber Straughn is an Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD and serves as the Deputy Project Scientist for James Webb Space Telescope Science Communications.

Sunday March 9, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Omni Downtown, Lone Star 700 San Jacinto

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