What does the search for life on other planets and the Salvation Army of Greater Portland have in common?

Salvation Army of Greater Portland’s “Champions For Kids”The European Space Agency’s Dr. Marcello Coradini, one of the world’s leading authorities on space exploration, will be speaking on “The Search for Extraterrestrial Life” at the Salvation Army of Greater Portland’s 5th annual “Champions For Kids” Benefit Evening.

Tickets for the May 28 event are now on sale.

The “Champions for Kids” Benefit Evening is a unique opportunity to hear from one of the world’s top experts on the search for extraterrestrial life while at the same time helping to “pay it forward” by supporting and raising funds for the Salvation Army’s programs and services that benefit children and their families in the Greater Portland area.

What: Salvation Army of Greater Portland’s 5th annual “Champions For Kids” Benefit Evening
When: Thursday, May 28, at 5:30 pm
Where: University of Maine’s Abromson Center (on the Portland campus of USM)

Dr. Coradini has devoted decades to space exploration. At the European Space Agency, he has spearheaded numerous Solar System missions including the ExoMars 2016 and 2018 programs. Dr. Coradini was actively involved in the recent Rosetta mission, which placed an exploratory probe on a comet. He is the author and/or co-author of approximately 140 scientific and engineering papers, and six books.

Tickets for the benefit are just $45 per person, which includes food and beverages. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For more information call (207) 774-4172 or visit www.use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_portland.nsf.