The planets and moons of the Solar System are incredibly diverse worlds with histories both ancient and dramatic. Etched into their surfaces is a fascinating story – of fire and ice, of order and upheaval, of great cataclysms and slow change. Volcanoes are common throughout the Solar System and volcanic eruptions are among nature’s most awesome spectacles. As we explore volcanoes on Earth and other worlds, we find a wide variety of landscapes – even ice volcanoes. Dr. Rosaly Lopes will discuss her explorations of volcanoes and what space missions such as Galileo and Cassini have revealed about the wide variety of volcanoes in the solar system.
Dr. Rosaly Lopes is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Born in Brazil, she obtained a B.Sc. in Astronomy and a Ph.D. in planetary science from University College London in the United Kingdom. Her expertise is on planetary geology and volcanology and she has studied Mars, Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io, and Saturn’s moon Titan, as well as many active volcanoes on Earth. She was a member of the science teams on NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter and Cassini mission to Saturn. She has received many honors, including the American Geophysical Union’s Ambassador Award, the American Astronomical Society’s Carl Sagan Medal and two NASA Exceptional Service Public Service Medals. In 2006, she was named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the discoverer of the most active volcanoes anywhere (71 on Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io).
In English, translation to Bulgarian.
In partnership with U.S. Embassy Sofia.
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