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Are We Alone: Why Mars Matters

Are We Alone? That question has perplexed humanity for centuries. Perhaps scientists are getting closer to the answer; come find out during four evenings of discussion as biologists, astronomers, chemists and anthropologists talk and share their insights with you as they explain some of their latest research about life on other planets, as well as on our own.

Today, Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 6-7:30 p.m., hear part two of the series, titled "Why Mars Matters."

What are we really searching for on Mars, and what might we conceivably find? Klaus Biemann, professor emeritus in MIT's Department of Chemistry and Samuel Kounaves, associate professor of chemistry at Tufts University, are joined by postdoctoral associate Zara Mirmalek from MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society. They'll discuss what has been so intriguing about Mars over the years, and how it has proved fertile ground for scientific study.

Explore the legacy of the Viking landers or take a look at NASA images from the Mars Exploration Rovers to whet your appetite!

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