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Pressing questions.

Emcee Tom O’Key seemed giddy as dozens of guests filed into an outdoor theater in this Mojave Desert town on a recent Saturday night to learn about an icy moon of Jupiter and take a stab at connecting with whatever — or whomever — might be living there.


“We’re sending selfies to Europa here tonight, folks,” O’Key told those who had gathered in the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater. “Take a moment to reach out to the cosmos and say, ‘We here on Earth care.’ ”


Sponsored by the Southern California Desert Video Astronomers, the public program featured a documentary, 3-D holographic projections, views through telescopes and what was believed to be the first opportunity to send video selfies to a moon of Jupiter that NASA scientists have identified as one of the likeliest homes of extraterrestrial life in our solar system.

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