Café Sci @ HanaHaus: NASA's Tess mission into orbit - Dr. Jon M. Jenkins

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Cafe Scientifique @ HanaHaus: NASA's Tess mission into orbit to search for earth's closest cousins - Dr. Jon M. Jenkins

Our understanding of the universe has changed drastically over the past 30 years. With the launch of NASA Ames’ Kepler spacecraft in 2009, remarkable progress has been made in discovering planets orbiting other stars. Recent innovations in astronomy enable us to pursue one of humanity's greatest questions. Are we alone in the Universe? From the Kepler Mission to NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), vast data collection with new telescopes will revolutionize the fields of asteroseismology and exoplanetary science. Dr. Jon Jenkins showcases the accomplishments of the Kepler Mission, the new discoveries being made by the TESS, and describes the future of exoplanet research.

Speaker: Dr. Jon M. Jenkins - Computer Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center.

Jon M. Jenkins leads the effort to discover other Earths around other stars in the galaxy at NASA Ames Research Center. As the Co-Investigator for Data Processing for both of NASA’s Kepler and TESS Missions, he develops innovative algorithms and builds complex science pipelines search through the cosmic hay stack for the miniscule signatures of planets as they cross the face of their stars from our point of view. By chasing the shadows of distant planets he hopes that one day we will detect signatures of life on another planet similar to Earth in our celestial neighborhood.

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