John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

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Dr. Pascal Lee to be keynote speaker for Capstone Banquet

Dr. Pascal Lee, a planetary scientist from the SETI Institute (Search for Exra-Terrestrial Intelligence) and Chairman of the Mars Institute, will be the keynote speaker for the Capstone Banquet on Wednesday, May 12th at 7:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Buchli Room.  All are welcome to this presentation, without attending the  banquet dinner.  RSVPs are required for dinner per the previous invitation.

“N = 1 ? The Search for Life in the Universe And Why we Might be Alone”

Description: Dr Pascal Lee reexamines the Drake Equation in light of the
most recent findings in planetary sciences and astrobiology.
He offers an explanation for the long-standing Fermi Paradox.

Bio: Dr Pascal Lee is Chairman of the Mars Institute, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, and Director of the Haughton-Mars Project at NASA Ames Research Center. He holds a PhD in astronomy and space sciences from Cornell University. Dr Lee’s research focuses on the search for Life in the Universe, particularly on Mars. He has worked extensively in the Arctic and Antarctica viewed as “analogs” for the Moon and Mars. He was first to propose the Cold Early Mars model based on his field work in Earth’s polar regions. Dr Lee is internationally recognized for his efforts to advance the human exploration of Mars, in particular via its moons Phobos and Deimos. He was recently the scientist-pilot in the first field test of NASA’s new Small Pressurized Rover, a concept vehicle currently under development for the future human exploration of the Moon and Mars.