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Lindy Elkins-Tanton: "I believe there exists life outside the Earth"

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On January 2020 took place the Congress for the Future 2020 event, where scientists from Chile and other countries gathered to discuss and talk about some of the subjects that are making headlines and will lead the scientific investigations in the next decades.
Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the Arizona State University's geologist and geophysicist who leads NASA's JPL Psyche mission, after her conference at Congress of the Future 2020.

An artist's concept of the Psyche space probe orbiting around the metallic asteroid 16 Psyche, located between Mars and Jupiter.

Doctor Lindy Elkins-Tanton during her conference at the Congress of the Future 2020 at Teatro Oriente, Santiago.
One of the event’s international guests was Lindy Elkins-Tanton, a Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from the Arizona State University who is the second woman in history that will lead the work for a NASA mission and that was kind enough to speak with CEFAA.

“Exploration is in our genes”

Doctor Elkins-Tanton is a planetary scientist who attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and main investigator in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) Psyche mission, whose goal is to explore the metallic asteroid 16 Psyche, which orbits between Mars and Jupiter.

During her conference at the Congress of the Future 2020 on January 14, the scientist compared the Antarctic expeditions from the late XIX century and the beginning of the XX century with space mission Psyche, when Humankind will explore a completely metallic celestial body for the first time in history.
 
“Exploration is in our genes, in our bones. Humans are going to space. It gives us a chance to imagine our better selves, and improve the story of exploration”, said doctor Elkins-Tanton to CEFAA after her conference.

“We all need a narrative that is full of wonder and hope, particularly in these difficult times. Space exploration can be the inspiration and the foundation for us to make progress here on Earth”, she added.
 
Life outside the Earth

Asked about the possibility of life outside the Earth, she answered with resolve: “I think life exists elsewhere. I continue to hope it may be underground on Mars or in the oceans of Europa; I hope we will find it”!

“Being able to help plan and create the mission that will test some of the scientific hypotheses my collaborators and I have created is the thrill of a lifetime,” doctor Elkins-Tanton explained.

“The information that we collect during the mission will be released to the public for free the moment we get it. We will not edit the photographs or anything like that,” she revealed.
 
The Psyche mission launch is scheduled for late 2022 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The probe will then travel to its destination for three and a half years to reach the asteroid in 2026 and it will orbit around it for 21 months to map it and study its features.
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