Is life in the universe a one-off, or the norm?  If we find just one more 
instance, we can presume it’s the norm.  Where will unambiguous signs of life 
most likely be found outside of Earth? 

While telescopes squint at impossibly distant (but numerous) exoplanets, ever 
more brilliant robots are probing the wildly exotic potential environments for 
life nearby in our own Solar System.  Which locales are the most promising 
candidates, and why, and what are the plans to check them out?

Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco became renowned as the dynamic leader of the 
Imaging Team for the Cassini mission to Saturn, which delivered a cornucopia of 
stunning photos of the planet, its gorgeous rings, and its extravagant moons. 
(Her team discovered seven new ones.)

"Searching for Life in the Solar System," Carolyn Porco, SFJAZZ Center, Hayes 
Valley, San Francisco, 7pm, Monday July 24.  The show starts promptly at 7:30pm.

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