Exploring Alien Oceans

Exploring Alien Oceans

Video. The best chance of discovering life beyond Earth may not be where you'd expect. Emerging Explorer Kevin Hand shares the exciting exploration occuring millions of miles from our planet.


6 - 12+


Earth Science, Astronomy, Oceanography, Engineering

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This video was filmed Thursday, June 23rd at the 2011 National Geographic Explorers Symposium at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Hand is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He is studying the possibilities for life on Jupiter's moon Europa, which is most likely covered by an ice-capped ocean.


  • Introduction: Where his interest in space comes from (00:00-01:29 min.)
  • The definition of space's "habitable zone" (01:30-03:20 min.)
  • Celestial bodies that have oceans on them: Enceladus and Europa (06:05-07:50 min.)
  • Engineering space exploration (07:51-13:04 min.)
  • Why the search for life beyond Earth is important (13:05-16:23 min.)

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Last Updated

September 27, 2022

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