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Former NASA Official To Visit UC

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 06:29:35 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 06:29:35 -0500
Subject: Former NASA Official To Visit UC

Source: The News Record - Univesity Of Cincinnati Ohio, USA


January 24, 2007

Former NASA Official To Visit UC
Virginia Baker

Scott Hubbard, formerly of NASA and the Mars Mission Program is
scheduled to speak Thursday as part of the Fellows of the
Graduate School Distinguished Lecture series.

Hubbard, now with the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
Institute at Stanford University, said he believes the lecture
will be of great interest to the public.

"There has always been that question 'Are we alone in the
universe?' that has been fundamental to human beings ... as far
back as the written record," Hubbard said. "There has always
been speculations of 'things' out there ... human beings have
wondered for thousands of years [about the prospect of
extraterrestrial life]."

Hubbard is one of several speakers this year.

Thursday's lecture, "The Challenges of Space Exploration: The
Search for Life in the Universe," is open to the public and
features the search for life in our Solar System.

Hubbard will be discussing the search for life on Europa, one of
the moons of Jupiter. "Most believe [Europa] has an ice covering
that is miles thick. There very well could be water underneath,"
Hubbard said. "[There could be] life in the ocean circling

On Friday, Hubbard is set to give a second lecture.

The second lecture, which will be one segment of the Herman
Schneider Lecture Series, is only open to engineering students.

According to Hubbard, the two lectures have common elements, but
the second lecture, "Mars Exploration with Humans and Robots:
Personal Reflections and Future Directions" is a bit more
technical in nature.

"I will describe challenges for future robotic explorations as
well as adding my own personal reflections as well as
speculations about exploring space with people and robots," he

Hubbard will be incorporating elements of his current and past
work into his lectures as well. Hubbard was with NASA for more
than 20 years and was involved in the thought process that later
became the Mars Pathfinder.

In late 2000, after two failures of the Mars robot missions, he
was called back in to reconstruct the Mars program.

Hubbard is now at Stanford University, where he is working with
students to find signs of life, as well as entrepreneurial space
travel, where thrill seekers can buy tickets on spacecraft.

"Privately funded rockets are being made ... such as Virgin
Galactica, which within the next few years, will be offering
four minute rides into space for about $100,000 a ride," Hubbard

Thursday's lecture is scheduled to be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
in the Aronoff Center Auditorium in the College of Design,
Architecture, Art and Planning facility.

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Atrium, Room

Friday's lecture is scheduled to be held from 3 p.m. until 4
p.m. in Room 427 in the Engineering Research Center.

[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/]

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