Thu, Jun 17 8:00 pm

Universal Truth: Expect the Unexpected

Join Zibi Turtle Ph.D. in a discussion about expecting the unexpected when endeavoring in space exploration, followed by a screening of the film Galaxy Quest.

Event start time: Presentation Begins at 8pm |Film Begins at 9pm
Location: The White Mountain School – Ruhl Family Amphitheatre, 371 West Farm Road, Bethlehem, NH 03574. Click here for a map of event location.

FREE | Registration Required – space is limited, and tickets will be claimed on a first come first served basis. Register early to ensure your spot at this event!

Presentation Description: The universe is a wild and wonderful place and things aren’t always as we expect them to be.  When looking for answers to fundamental questions, we often need to travel beyond our own planet, and sometimes the smallest things hold the keys.  In particular, discoveries from planetary exploration have taught us much about what makes a planet suitable to host life, and missions like Europa Clipper and Dragonfly are poised to take the next steps in understanding the habitability of worlds in the outer Solar System.

Presenter Bio: Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle is a Planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL). She earned her undergraduate degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1989. After earning her Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona in 1998, Turtle worked at the university in the Department of Planetary Sciences and at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. She joined the Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland in 2006. Turtle was an associate of the imaging team on the Galileo mission, an associate of the imaging and RADAR teams on the Cassini mission, and a co-investigator of the camera on board the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. She is the Principal Investigator of NASA’s Dragonfly New Frontiers Mission to Titan and the Principal Investigator of the Europa Imaging System for the Europa Clipper mission. She has co-authored many scholarly articles about planetary impact features, surface and atmospheric processes, and planetary imaging and mapping.

Film: Galaxy Quest (1999) Director: Dean Parisot, Cast: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell. Trailer

*COVID-19 Protocol: To protect yourself and others we’ve limited admission to this event and request that all staff, volunteers, and audience members wear masks as they enter and move around the outdoor event space. When seated in the amphitheater, masks may be removed to enjoy the presentation.

*Event Tips: We encourage you to bring a blanket or cushion to make your viewing experience extra comfortable, and pack a snack if you would like to enjoy a treat during the presentation.

The Colonial’s Science on Screen programs are presented in partnership with White Mountain Science, Inc. (WMSI). Visit WMSI’s website to learn more about its mission to excite kids and teachers about STEM knowledge and skills and help them grow as creative problem solvers.

Thank you to our hosts at The White Mountain School and our hospitality sponsor the Hampton Inn Littleton.

An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE with major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION