Earth’s Evolution: Lessons from the Cosmos
In 1968, NASA released a photo that forever changed how we view planet Earth. Taken by the astronauts of Apollo 8 , “Earthrise” captured our world as viewed from the moon – a beautiful sphere brimming with life seemingly alone in the universe. This glimpse from space helped spark an environmental movement as millions around the globe grasped just how small and fragile Earth is.
Today, as we contemplate the Dawn of the Human Age, our exploration of space might hold new lessons – and solutions – for sustaining life on Earth. How does our environment compare to other planets in the solar system? What can the climates of Mars, Venus and the exoplanets tell us about changes we’re experiencing here at home? And how can we better manage our own planet to make sure it remains “Earth-like?”
In this salon, a multidisciplinary group of astrobiologists, astronomers, climatologists and oceanographers take an extraterrestrial look at our “pale blue dot” of a planet, plumbing our knowledge of other worlds to rethink the environmental challenges faced here at home.
What is a Salon event?
World Science Festival Brisbane SALON events invite you to dive deeper into the science of specific topics, these informal discussions challenge participants to consider their shared passions from a fresh perspective.
By starting a dialogue, the Salon is designed to spark new explorations of science by the participants and the audience. The Salon sessions are smaller in capacity so audience and participants can enter into conversation at a detailed and thorough level.
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