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Speaker Meeting

Titan
Friday 17th June 2022
Start time : 20:00

Speaker : Professor Sarah Hörst


Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is unique in our solar system: below its thick organic haze layer, rivers of methane carve channels into an icy bedrock and flow into large hydrocarbon seas. Could this moon’s lake-mottled surface and thick, organic rich atmosphere be an ideal setting for life as we do not know it? NASA’s Dragonfly mission to Titan will explore Titan’s atmosphere and surface using a rotorcraft lander equipped with state of the art instruments.

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About our speaker:

Sarah Hörst is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and an adjunct astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Hörst’s primary research interest is atmospheric chemistry, particularly the complex organic chemistry occurring in the atmosphere or on the surface of bodies in the solar system. Hörst was a National Science Foundation astronomy and astrophysics postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado and is a recipient of the Gerard P. Kuiper Memorial Award from the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona where she received her PhD in 2011. She is the winner of the 2020 Laboratory Astrophysics Division Early Career Award and a 2020 Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union.

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