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Is there life outside of Earth? Is there a future for humankind in outer space? These are but a few among the many questions that this field of science attempts to answer. Exobiology (also Astrobiology) is an interdisciplinary field that combines astronomy, biology and geology to study the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Thus, it is concerned with how life began, the search for extraterrestrial life, the effects of outer space on living organisms, the future of the Earth, and the possible habitability elsewhere in the universe .

Astrobiology Articles

Presence Of Planets In Young Gas Discs Hinted At Using Clever New Astronomical Method
Astronomers have been able to study planet-forming discs around young Sun-like stars in unsurpassed detail, clearly revealing the motion and distribution of the gas in the inner parts of the disc

Date: 10 Sep 2008, Rating: 4.00

The contentious Archaean biosignatures
Successive new discoveries in recent years have been pushing the rock record of earliest life to the first billion years of earth history, within the Palaeoarchaean

Date: 9 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.00, 2 pages

UV Shielding Properties of Jarosite Vs. Gypsum: Astrobiological Implications for Mars
The discovery of liquid water-related sulfates on Mars is of great astrobiological interest.

Date: 9 Nov 2007, Rating: 6.56, 7 pages

Tracking the record of early life
Life may have been present on Earth from about 3.8 Ga or earlier.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: 2.40, 7 pages

Analysis of evidence of Mars life
Gillevinia straata, the scientific name recognizing the first extraterrestrial living form ever nomenclated

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: 3.00, 3 pages

Modern Myths Concerning Life on Mars
This paper attempts to bring the supportable facts together in calling for a revision of the current consensus regarding life on Mars. It recommends actions to facilitate the paradigm change.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.00, 13 pages

Extraterrestrial amino acids in Orgueil and Ivuna: Tracing the parent body of CI type carbonaceous chondrites
A report on the results of amino acid analyses of Orgueil and Ivuna by using highly sensitive analytical techniques recently developed to study meteorites

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: 2.50, 8 pages

NASA Orbiter Provides Insights About Mars Water and Climate
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) is examining several features on Mars that address the role of water at different times in Martian history.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

NASA Research Indicates Oxygen on Earth 2.5 Billion Years Ago
NASA-funded astrobiologists have found evidence of oxygen present in Earth's atmosphere earlier than previously known, pushing back the timeline for the rise of oxygen in the atmosphere.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.00

NASA Spacecraft Sees Changes in Jupiter System
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft provided a new bird's-eye view of the dynamic Jupiter system as it traveled through the planet's orbit on Feb. 28.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

NASA Announces New Center Assignments for Moon Exploration
NASA announced Tuesday which agency centers will take responsibility for specific work to enable astronauts to explore the moon.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: 2.00

NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery Set To Land Wednesday
The space shuttle Discovery crew is scheduled to complete a 15-day mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.00

Scientists Discover Record Fifth Planet Orbiting Nearby Star
Astronomers have announced the discovery of a fifth planet circling 55 Cancri, a star beyond our solar system.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.80

NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis To Move To Launch Pad Saturday
Space shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 10, as preparations for the STS-122 mission move forward.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Shooting for the moon
Clues to Earth's earliest days and first microbial inhabitants may survive in an unexpected place: the moon.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Meteorites Supplied Earth Life with Phosphorus, Scientists Say
University of Arizona scientists say they have discovered that meteorites, particularly iron meteorites, may have been critical to the evolution of life on Earth.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: 3.00

Streams, rivers, springs and rain
New images from Saturn’s moon Titan show familiar Earth-like features including springs, rivers, streams and rainfall – but with exotic ingredients, scientists say.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Even 'failed stars' form planets
An international team of astronomers shows that even brown dwarfs start to form planets

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

New study of solar system speculates about life on other planets
A comprehensive review by leading scientists about our Solar System which speculates on the possibility of life on other planets has been published.

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: 5.00

Forming super-Earths by ultraviolet stripping
A new explanation for forming "super-Earths" suggests that they are more likely to be found orbiting red dwarf stars

Date: 8 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated