Free Launch Pad Lecture Introduces New Worlds

Archival observations of 25 hot Jupiters by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have been analysed by an international team of astronomers, enabling them to answer five open questions important to our understanding of exoplanet atmospheres. Amongst other findings, the team found that the presence of metal oxides and hydrides in the hottest exoplanet atmospheres was clearly correlated with the atmospheres’ being thermally inverted.

The monthly Launch Pad Lecture at the Museum of Space History will feature Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola. His topic will be “Exoplanets: We are Not Alone,” and will highlight the amazing variety of worlds discovered beyond our solar system. From giant hot planets to Earth-like worlds in abundance, discover what’s really out there, and how it might impact the search for life as well as our own future.

Join us on Friday, October 7, 2022, at 9:00 am.

Take the elevator up to the second floor!

The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation. 

The next Launch Pad Lecture will be held on Friday, November 4. The topic will be “The Road to the Moon” presented by Museum Education Director Dave Dooling.



The New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. A Smithsonian Affiliate, the museum showcases the significant role New Mexico has played in the development of the U.S. Space Program and features the International Space Hall of Fame, and New Horizons Dome Theater. 


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