The 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, from June 24-28th, 2019.Mary Beth Wilhelm of NASA Ames Research Center, wearing the white suit, tests samples obtained from an excavation pit in Chile’s Atacama Desert. On the right are Miriam Villadangos and Victor Parro of the Centro de Astrobiología.Spectral data from the first light of the ESPRESSO instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. The light from a star has been dispersed into its component colors. This view has been colorised to indicate how the wavelengths change across the image.Artist's conception of what life could look like on the surface of a distant planet.On our quest to find life beyond Earth, scientists first must have to ask themselves: what signs would be the most compelling evidence?
AbSciCon 2019: Save the DateThe 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) will be held June 24-28th01/05
Spain’s Centro de AstrobiologíaInternational Partner Series02/05
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Will We Know Life When We See It?NASA-led Group Takes Stock of the Science04/05
Climbing the Ladder to Life DetectionA guide to the indicators of life05/05
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NASA MISSIONSExploring the Red Planet

The rovers and spacecraft we’ve sent to Mars have found evidence the planet was warmer in the past, with lakes and rivers. Was there life there? Future exploration may find evidence for that as well.

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The gravity on Mars is only 37 percent of Earth’s gravity. Not only could you leap three times higher on Mars, but this lower gravity is one reason why Olympus Mons became the biggest volcano in the solar system.

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