Kevin Peter Hand, Ph.D., an astrobiologist at NASA/JPL, author of “Alien Oceans,” and deputy project scientist on the Europa Mission.
Is ET hiding in the alien oceans of our solar system? Neil deGrasse Tyson and Jordan Klepper answer Cosmic Queries with Kevin Peter Hand, PhD, astrobiologist at NASA/JPL, author of “Alien Oceans,” and deputy project scientist on the Europa Mission. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons and All-Access subscribers can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: Thanks to our Patrons Matthew Pounsett, Tom Bock, Daniel Hargrove, Janice Vick, Jill Burkey, Sinai Coons, Derek Lee Snow, and Mike Rafalko for supporting us this week. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.See for privacy information.
Rate the show 5 stars wherever you listen! Or we'll never get to Europa... Your choice.  Episode 75 features Dr. Kevin Peter Hand. Kevin Peter Hand is a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he has served as deputy chief scientist for solar system exploration and is leading an effort to land a spacecraft on the surface of Europa. How do we know Europa has a subsurface ocean? Could there be life there? What would that life be like? All those questions are answered and much more! Purchase Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space on Amazon at  Kevin's opinions do not represent the opinions of NASA or JPL. They are solely his. Support the show by leaving a rating or a review and subscribing to receive future content. Consider becoming a Patron by subscribing at or supporting the show via a one time donation at For more episodes or information about The State of The Universe join the mailing list at or follow the show on social media. The music in this episode belongs to 
ALIENS! EXTRATERRESTRIALS! MARTIANS! Let's. Get. Into. It. The phenomenal Dr. Kevin Peter Hand of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory dishes on the oceans of distant moons, methane rivers, E.T., ice crusts, what might be out there, the timeline of possibly finding them, ghosts, aliens, dark matter, if we should fear making contact with intergalactic beings, if the government is hiding alien secrets, how finding extraterrestrial microbes would change the way we see life on this here tiny blue dot in space. Also: the galactic bulge. Dr. Kevin Peter Hand's JPL profileDr. Kevin Peter Hand on Twitter: @alienoceans and Instagram @kevin_peter_handSponsor links:, week's donations were made to Traveling Telescope & Vermont's Manchester Rescue SquadMore links at a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: has hats, shirts, pins, totes!Follow @Ologies on Twitter or InstagramFollow @AlieWard on Twitter or InstagramSound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray MorrisTheme song by Nick ThorburnSupport the show: for privacy information.
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