Is there Life on Mars? Are we alone in the Universe? Find out what NASA's Chief Scientist thinks at a public presentation to be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Capitol Theater presented by the Yakima Valley Museum. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session moderated by Enrique Cerna.
Dr. Green's talk will illustrate the importance of scientific research today, and the relevance of science to the future of our planet as we grapple with climate change and other issues. It will also demonstrate the importance of science and STEM education in schools.
Dr. Jim Green is NASA's Chief Scientist. As such Dr. Green represents the agency's strategic science objectives and contributions to the national and international science communities. He also serves as principal advisor to the NASA administrator and other senior officials on agency science programs, strategic planning, and science policy.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Scientist, Dr. Green was the Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters. During his 12 years in this role, he managed numerous successful missions from Mercury to Pluto that have ushered in a golden age of planetary exploration. These missions include: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity; and the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond. Currently, he is engaged in preparations and negotiations for a variety of future NASA science missions, such as the next Mars lander and rover, and the Europa Clipper, as well as missions with international partners.
In 1988, Dr. Green received the Arthur S. Flemming award given for outstanding individual performance in the federal government and was awarded Japan's Kotani Prize in 1996 in recognition of his international science data management activities.