Professor Malcolm Walter will deliver this year's David Cooper Memorial lecture as part of the Australian Space Research Conference. The lecture will be held at 7pm at the Australian National University at 7pm. For further details including how to book a free ticket, click here. Download a lecture flyer (pdf). The title and abstract for the talk are as follows.
THERE IS LIFE ON MARS… PROBABLY
Professor Malcolm Walter
Australian Centre for Astrobiology, UNSW
It is difficult to imagine any greater goal for science than searching for life beyond Earth. Everything we know about life is based on a sample of one: life on Earth. We can only imagine the consequences of discovering life elsewhere, provided it had a separate origin. That, ultimately, is why we are exploring Mars.
As recently as the 1950’s it was thought by serious scientists that there could be advanced forms of life on Mars – not little...