astrobiology

Art and life in astrobiology

Consider the process that goes into creating a painting — the attention to detail, the need to interpret the world around you. A scientist goes about his or her work using many of the same…


Give life a chance

NAI-funded astrobiologists at the University of Washington have developed a new method of gauging the atmospheric pressure of exoplanets, or worlds beyond the solar system, by looking for a certain type of molecule. And if…


Astrobiology in the classroom

For educators and other folks interested in astrobiology (possibly in classrooms) there’s a nice NASA astrobiology booklet for free. As usual! Interested in using astrobiology to teach math? Already teaching astrobiology and want to bring…


Astrobiology 101

In the late 1990s, the University of Washington created what was arguably the world’s first graduate program in astrobiology, aimed at preparing scientists to hunt for life away from Earth. In 2001, David Catling became…


The concept of life

Astrobiologists supported by NAI have proposed a new approach to the question of life’s origin that focuses not on the chemical ‘hardware’ of life, but instead the ‘software’ or information content. Arizona State University professor…


The color of exoplanets

The search for extrasolar planets has already detected rocky planets and interesting planetary candidates in the Habitable Zone of their host stars. Astrobiologists are pioneering new ways of imaging and examining these worlds, including how…


Primordial soup for you!

The primordial soup in our solar system might be a lot more infected with organics than previously thought, although the results come from a computer, not a test tube: Complex organic compounds, including many important…