To better support the broad, interdisciplinary field of astrobiology – the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe – NASA is announcing a new programmatic infrastructure for the Astrobiology Program.The 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, from June 24-28, 2019.Victoria Della Pia working with students in the classroom. To develop these lesson plans and assessments,  Della Pia was supported by a grant from the Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity at Albion College.Astrobiology is the study of life's origins and the potential for life in the Universe.This artist's concept appeared on the Feb. 23, 2017 cover of the journal Nature announcing that the nearby star TRAPPIST-1, an ultra-cool dwarf, has seven Earth-sized planets orbiting it.
NASA’s Astrobiology Program Evolving to Meet the FutureA new programmatic infrastructure01/05
The Search for Life Near and FarSubmit a Session Proposal for AbSciCon 201902/05
Life…Out of This World?A new set of Astrobiology lesson plans for K-12 classrooms from Albion College.03/05
Astrobiology Science StrategyThe Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe from the National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine04/05
Exoplanet Science StrategyThe National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine has released the Exoplanet Science Strategy.05/05
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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.

The facts and figures —37%

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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