Meet with Jim Kasting tomorrow at 10am
Don’t forget that Jim Kasting is presenting tomorrow at 12:30pm as part of the Astrobiology Lecture series at the John Bahcall Auditorium, STScI.
We’ve been given the opportunity to meet with him before his presentation at 10am in STScI room 311. If you’re interested, reply to the list or drop me a line because we need to let Daniel Apai know if there’ll be more than 4 of us.
Here’s one of his papers on arxiv.org: “Exoplanet Characterization and the Search for Life.”
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