Ubehebe Crater: Exploring Space From Death Valley

Public talks

Dr. Bonaccorsi

Tags: Mars, Astrobiology

Time: Saturday, Mar 05, 2022 -

Location: Death Valley National Park

SETI Institute scientist Rosalba Bonacorrsi will lead hikers to Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley National Park and answer questions about how we might recognize life on other planets.

Science is the process of looking at the world (and universe) and asking questions. One question SETI researcher Dr. Rosalba Bonacorrsi asks is “how can we recognize life on distant planets, especially Mars.” She has been using Ubehebe Crater in Death Valley National Park to look for answers to this question.

On Saturday, March 5, she will lead a caravan of explorers on a trek from Furnace Creek to Ubehebe Crater, with stops along the way where she will share information, questions, insights, ponderings, and of course more questions.

Group will meet at Furnace Creek Visitor Center, then caravan in personal vehicles north through the park to Ubehebe Crater, a drive of about 1 hour and 15 minutes, not including stops. There will be two or more stops along the way. May walk up to ¼ mile at each stop.

At Ubehebe there will be a 1 1/2-mile hike around crater rim. Program ends after the rim hike.

Be prepared for walking on uneven, unstable surfaces.

Note: Registration and ticket purchase is required.