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Vanderbilt astronomer, author discusses ‘Life on Mars’

Tuesday, September 18, 2018,

  • Location: Williamson County Public Library • 1314 Columbia Ave. • Franklin, TN 37064

Is there life on Mars? What are the ethical concerns as we move full speed ahead with plans to investigate this age-old question?

   Professor of Astronomy David A. Weintraub will focus on the need to give careful consideration to the “how, when and why” we should invite ourselves in to Mars when he speaks at the Williamson County Public Library. 

Weintraub’s latest book is Life on Mars: What to Know Before We Go. His questions take on new urgency with NASA planning to send astronauts to Mars orbit by the 2030s. Meanwhile, SpaceX wants to arrive by 2024, while Mars One wants to land a permanent settlement there in 2032.

In his talk, Weintraub will show how Mars-mania has dominated our cultural consciousness since we first turned our sights on the planet that is named for the god of war.

Weintraub’s other books include Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal with It? and How Old Is the Universe?