This illustration shows what the TRAPPIST-1 system might look like from a vantage point near planet TRAPPIST-1f (at right).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.
National Academies Strategic DocumentsGuiding the future of astrobiology science.01/04
NASA’s Astrobiology Program Evolving to Meet the FutureA new programmatic infrastructure02/04
The Search for Life Near and FarAbstract submissions are now open03/04
Life…Out of This World?A new set of Astrobiology lesson plans for K-12 classrooms from Albion College.04/04
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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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