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Saturn Moon Could Hold Clues to Ancient Earth

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/10/17/Imke_de_Pater_Fascinating_Objects_in_Our_Solar_System Planetary scientist Imke de Pater likens the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon Titan to that of ancient Earth before life developed and produced oxygen. ----- Imke de Pater is a professor in the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley, and a world-renowned planetary scientist. She is an authority on modeling and mapping the planets of our solar system, and led a worldwide campaign to observe the impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994. A frequent user of the huge Keck telescopes in Hawaii, she has discovered methane drizzle on Saturn's moon Titan, modeled Jupiter's magnetic fields, and revealed the dynamic behavior of Neptune's skies. Her graduate-level textbook, Planetary Sciences, co-authored with Jack J. Lissauer, was the winner of the 2007 Chambliss Award for Astronomical Writing from the American Astronomical Society. - University of California - Berkeley Imke de Pater is a professor in the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley, and a world-renowned planetary scientist. She is an authority on modeling and mapping the planets of our solar system, and led a worldwide campaign to observe the impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994. A frequent user of the huge Keck telescopes in Hawaii, she has discovered methane drizzle on Saturn's moon Titan, modeled Jupiter's magnetic fields, and revealed the dynamic behavior of Neptune's skies. Her graduate-level textbook, Planetary Sciences, co-authored with Jack J. Lissauer, was the winner of the 2007 Chambliss Award for Astronomical Writing from the American Astronomical Society.
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