Room 202 Contact: Malcolm R. Adams Mathematics Department Head 706-542-2564
"The KEPLER Mission: A Search for Habitable Worlds," Roger Hunter (UGA 78), project manager of NASA's Kepler Mission will give an update on the operations and recent results on NASA's search for earth-size planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy.KEPLER is NASA’s first mission capable of finding earth-size worlds around other stars. Launched in March 2009, KEPLER’s objective is to determine if other Earths exist in our galaxy and how many are there. Hunter leads a team of over 60 scientists and engineers on a mission in search of other habitable worlds in the Milky Way galaxy and a census of the galaxy’s planets. In this talk he will provide an update on KEPLER operations and results to date.