Talks by Elizabeth Tasker

Elizabeth Tasker, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Elizabeth Tasker Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Since the discovery of the first exoplanets in the early 1990s, we have detected more than 4,000 worlds beyond our solar system. Many of these are similar in size to our Earth, leading to an obvious question: could any be habitable?

For now, we typically only know the size and orbit of these planets, but nothing about their surface conditions. Although we cannot know for sure if these worlds could support life, we can use models to speculate on what we might find there.