The Wet Solar System; Polar Ice on the Earth and Moon, Water on Mars, and Oceans on Europa and Titan

Anne Kinney, director, NASA's Solar System Exploration Division

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Kinney, originally from Wisconsin, is an expert in extragalactic astronomy or the study of objects outside our own Milky Way Galaxy. She was an instrument scientist on one of the original instruments to fly on the Hubble Space Telescope. She also worked in education and public outreach on the Hubble program, helping to create the Amazing Space website, an education resource for students learning basic principles of science, math and astronomy.


Water takes many different forms throughout the solar system. Kinney discussed the various forms of water found from Greenland to the moons of Saturn and from Mars to the moons of Earth and Jupiter. NASA uses technologies such as laser ranging, neutron detection mass spectroscopy and magnetometry to locate water — not always a simple task. Kinney explained how these technologies help NASA find the existence of water and its approximate depth and salt levels.


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The annual Coyne Lecture honors the tradition of excellence in research exemplified by the Rev. Coyne by bringing an outstanding astronomer or astrophysicist to the Marquette campus to give a public lecture explaining his or her research. The Coyne lecturer is selected annually by faculty members of Marquette's physics department.

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