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Are We Alone? Exoplanets and Space Exploration

Are we alone? While most conversation exploring whether life exists beyond Earth focuses on discovery and proving that science fiction’s ET is real, new approaches and technologies are required for us to find out. Astrophysicists Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Mike Endl, Patrick McCarthy & Johanna Teske will discuss how scientists are searching for life elsewhere in the Universe, the technology being engaged, and how new discoveries will be enabled with the coming generation of extremely large telescopes.

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  1. What is needed to find out if life exists beyond Earth?
  2. How can we determine if life is possible on other planets?
  3. As an astrophysicist, do you believe life exists beyond Earth?



Sarah Lewis, Account Supervisor, Giant Magellan Telescope Organization

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