Astrobiology in Missions

Robotic space missions are a defining aspect of NASA, and the development of these missions helps to shape research goals at the agency. The Astrobiology program is directly involved in NASA missions by participating in the selection of mission targets, supporting the development of science instruments and mission architecture, and performing the analysis of data returned by robotic explorers throughout the Solar System and beyond.

Below you will find a selection of missions that include specific participation by astrobiologists supported by elements of the Astrobiology program. Mission goals at NASA are shaped in part by research supported by the Astrobiology program. In turn, the results from NASA’s missions serve to guide the future of astrobiology research at the program.

This chart summarizes over 50 years of solar
                        system exploration. Each line represents a space probe that has been sent out.
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