Planetary Science


An illustration of future astronauts investigating a lava cave on the Moon. (NASA)

Speaker: Sheila Kanani

Date: 14 December 2011
Start Time: 7 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: BIS, 27/29 South Lambeth Road, Vauxhall, London, SW8 1SZ

The talk will encompass our local celestial neighbourhood, the Solar System, shedding light on the planets and other bodies in terms of origin, formation, similarities and differences from Earth and other aspects as you have (hopefully) never seen them before. I will introduce future planetary exploration missions and discuss the possibilities of human habitation and the challenges therein. I will finish by taking you on a journey to the new exoplanets that are being discovered every day.


I’m a Londoner by birth but a space cadet in my heart. From the age of 13 I knew that space was the inspiring force behind my decisions. After successfully finishing school I took a gap year doing voluntary work in Mexico and Peru, followed by an Honours degree in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Manchester. Viagra 100 mg from online no prescription. I attended Space School UK as a student and was chosen to represent the UK at space camps in Alabama, USA and Moscow, Russia. Since university I have worked at the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory, lived at an Australian telescope facility to search for exoplanets and now I “reside” in an old mansion in Surrey trying to complete my PhD. My PhD is in planetary science; using the Cassini spacecraft to study the Lord of the Rings, Saturn. When I finish I hope to use the inspiring qualities of space science to enthuse future scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

I teach and mentor at Space School UK, I’m a STEM ambassador for science and I love visiting schools, giving talks and workshops, and inspiring future astronauts of any age! My new favourite thing to do is science comedy in the pub; the other night I made a comet in a bucket in a pub in London with whilst making people laugh about astrobiology. I’m a world (and one day space) traveller, a lover of good music (I play the jazz saxophone), a dancer (modern tap) and an advocate for anything vampire related.



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