Date(s) - 02/17/2018
Dr. Bonnie Buratti, Director of the Comets, Asteroids, and Satellites Group at Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) will discuss the search for life in our universe.
A planetary astronomer in the Division of Earth and Space Science Dr. Buratti’s research involves the composition and physical properties of planetary surfaces and volatile transport in the outer solar system. Focusing particularly on Io, Pluto and Triton and the microphysical nature of planetary surfaces, and the possible existence of water ice in the permanently shadowed regions of the lunar poles.
Dr. Buratti received a B. S. and M.S. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1976) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy and Space Sciences from Cornell University (1983). Employed at JPL since 1985, Dr. Bruatti has worked on a variety of projects. These include; the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, currently exploring the ringed planet, its mysterious moons, the stunning rings and its complex magnetic environment; the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) one of two instruments that NASA is contributing to India’s first mission to the Moon; and New Horizons, the first mission in NASA’s New Frontiers program of medium-class planetary missions, which will be the first
spacecraft to visit Pluto and its moon Charon.
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