November 8, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Building 8 Auditorium
GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT
"Venus - the Forgotten,
Compared to Earth and Mars, we
know very little about the early history and evolution of Venus.
Despite the likelihood that Venus was very similar to Earth
after formation, the two planets followed vastly different
evolutionary pathways. Venus is a planet of extremes – it now
hosts a runaway greenhouse atmosphere composed almost entirely
of carbon dioxide, sulfuric acid clouds, and surface
temperatures that could melt lead. When, how, and why Venus’
evolution diverged from Earth is unknown, yet better
understanding of why Venus is the way it is today is critical to
interpreting new observations of exoplanets that have been found
around other stars in our galaxy. This talk will take attendees
on a tour of what we know about Venus, what mysteries we need to
solve, and what future spacecraft and instrument technologies
could help us answer our questions.
About the Speaker:
Lori Glaze received her BA and MS in Physics from the University
of Texas, Arlington, and her PhD in Environmental Science from
Lancaster University. She has worked at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory and for the private science firm Proxemy Research.
She joined Goddard Space Flight Center in 2007 and currently
serves as Chief for the Planetary Geology, Geophysics, and
Geochemistry Laboratory. She is an active member of the Venus
Exploration Analysis Group (VEXAG), and served as the VEXAG
Chair for four years. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Glaze has been
involved in development of multiple Venus mission concepts,
including leading the DAVINCI and VICI mission proposals as
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