Michael Mumma's lecture available on Youtube

Last Thursday, at Starry Night, we had the opportunity to attend to a lecture by Dr. Michael Mumma titled “The search for life in Mars”. If you missed it, it's available in UF astronomy department’s account in Youtube.

Michael J. Mumma was educated at Franklin and Marshall College (A.B. 1963, Physics), and the University of Pittsburgh (Ph. D. 1970, Physics) and joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center thereafter.

He is founding Director of the Goddard Center for Astrobiology and Senior Scientist in the Solar System Exploration Division.

He thrice received the NASA's rarely given Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement; the fist time was in 1988 for originating and developing a concept for detecting cometary parent volatiles by solar infrared fluorescence, with it achieving the first detection of water vapor in comets. He also led the team that discovered the saturated hydrocarbons methane and ethane in comets, being awarded for the second time in 1997 for that work. In 2009 he was awarded for the first definite detection of methane on Mars with the John C. Lindsay Memorial Prize, Goddard’s highest recognition for scientific achievement, and also the NASA’s Medal for the third time.

He is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Washington Academy of Sciences. In 1999, the International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 8340 "Michael J. Mumma" in his honor.  He received the Alumni Citation for Distinguished Career Achievement from Franklin & Marshall College, one of only four Alumni so honored in 2008.

During the lecture at Starry Night
“FLMNH photo by Kristen Grace.”

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