The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science’s latest monthly webinar will feature a talk from NASA scientist Michael Summers on the topic of astrobiology on April 25 at 4 p.m. CDT.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required online using this link. A professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy at George Mason University, Dr. Summers is also a co-investigator on the NASA/New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper belt. His research deals with the atmospheric composition on planets and exoplanets and in elucidating the roles that physics, chemistry, and biology play in the evolution of planetary life.  The lecture will focus on recent investigations that show it may be possible that Pluto has a habitable subsurface ocean of liquid water. New Horizons took nine years to reach the Kuiper Belt object Arrokoth in 2019, which is the most distant object ever explored up close. The spacecraft also captured pictures of Jupiter’s moons Io, Europa and Ganymede. Interestingly, spacecraft have found at least five subsurface water oceans on planetary moons.

Susan Barreto
Susan Barreto

Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.

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