From Super Earths to Hot Jupiters to evaporating planets, our search for extra-solar planets has discovered a dizzying array of realms more out-of-this-world than we imagined. Most of the early discoveries are strange worlds, unable to sustain life as we know it. More recently, the Kepler spacecraft and ground-based observations have shown that planets and planetary systems similar to our own are actually common. Learn about some of NASA’s amazing discoveries and the tools used to chart them.
About our speaker
Shawn Bayle is a Solar System Ambassador from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Shawn’s professional experience includes design, marketing and executive roles at AT&T, Ericsson and NEC in the semiconductor, communications systems and mobile phone markets. He has an MS in Computer Engineering from Boston University and a BS in Electrical Engineering with Computer Science concentration from Lafayette College. Shawn enjoys engaging with the public to increase awareness of the great accomplishments of our space programs and the incredible amount of knowledge gained from those programs across many scientific fields.