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Are We Alone?

Last Updated on Friday, 16 April 2010 19:24
Published on Sunday, 27 February 2005 00:00


Tickets: £13.00 adult, £11.00 concession (oap, UB40, student)

£10.00 NHM Members

Box office booking line: Telephone 0171 960 4242 (open 10am-9pm)

Doors open: 7.30pm, lecture ends, 8.45pm

The solar eclipse and the 30th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing have heightened our sense of our place in the universe, the fragility of the planet and the vastness of space.

In this year's Annual Science Lecture, in The Natural History Museum's Central Hall, leading Planetary Scientist Dr Monica Grady introduces new discoveries and scientific theories surrounding the possibilities of life beyond our planet. From the Big Bang and the formation of the universe, to life beyond the solar system, she concludes by questioning, what is the future for life on Earth?

Currently working with NASA and the European Space Agency on space missions to Mars, Dr Monica Grady is one of The Natural History Museum's leading research scientists. Renowned especially for her work on meteorites she is one of the world's experts in the field of exobiology, the study of life outside our planet.

Meteorites have the capacity to tell us more about the origin of life on Earth and have the potential to shed new light on the subject of possible extra-terrestrial existence. In this lecture Dr Monica Grady draws upon her wealth of personal experience as a dedicated scientist, whose quest to find Martian, lunar and primitive meteorites has taken her as far as the frozen deserts of the Antarctic.

During the last five years, The Natural History Museum's Annual Science Lecture has become established as one of the most important forums for discussion of topical science issues. The lectures introduce these to the wider public stimulating debate on some of the most significant issues of our time.
Dr Monica Grady follows such eminent speakers as Professor Richard Dawkins, Sir David Attenborough, Professor E.O. Wilson and Stephen Jay Gould.

The Natural History Museum's Annual Science Lecture Venue:
Central Hall, The Natural History Museum (600 seating capacity)
Doors open: 7.30pm. Lecture ends: 8.45pm
Tickets: £13.00 adult, £11.00 concessions (UB40, OAP, Student)
£10.00 NHM Member

Telephone: 0171 960 4242 open daily 10am-9pm
Or via The Natural History Museum's web site at

Monica Grady worked alongside NASA scientists in 1996 on the four billion-year-old Martian meteorite ALH84001, which was thought to show strong circumstantial evidence of possible early Martian life. Currently she is collaborating with the European Space Agency (ESA) on its Beagle II space mission to Mars in 2003.

Born in Leeds, Monica Grady is married with one son and lives with her family in Milton Keynes.


· 30,000 to 80,000 meteorites land on Earth each year
· 40,000 tonnes of dust from space lands on Earth each year
· Between 10 and 40 meteorites larger than 20 grammes land in the UK each year
(18 have been recovered in total)

Monica Grady is available for interviews and photography. For further information, to arrange interviews or order photographs, please contact The Natural History Museum Press Office on telephone 0171 942 5654 or 0171 942 5077

Ref: 111/0909/99/SB
Issued: September 1999

This press notice from the Natural History Museum in London is forwarded for your information by Peter Bond, Royal Astronomical Society Press Officer (Space Science).