Big Picture Science Radio Show - Rife With Life

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Rife with LifeENCORE  "Follow the water” is the mantra of those who search for life beyond Earth. Where there’s water, there may be life. Join us on a tour of watery solar system bodies that hold promise for biology. Dig beneath the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa, and plunge into the jets of Enceladus, Saturn’s satellite.

And let’s not forget the Red Planet. Mars is rusty and dusty, but it wasn’t always a world of dry dunes. Did life once thrive here? Also, the promise of life in the exotic hydrocarbon lakes of Titan.

Science-fiction author Robert J. Sawyer joins us, and relates how these exotic outposts have prompted imaginative stories of alien life.

Guests:

  

Robert J. Sawyer – Hugo award-winning science fiction author

  

Cynthia Phillips – Planetary geologist at the SETI Institute

  

Alexander Hayes – Planetary scientist at the University of California, Berkeley

  

Rachel Mastrapa – Planetary scientist for NASA and the SETI Institute

  

Robert Lillis – Space and planetary scientist at the Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley