2003 Annual Science Report
Reporting | JUL 2002 – JUN 2003
Letter from the Director: 2003 NAI Annual Report
And, once again, in their participation with initiatives either conceived by them and supported by NAI Central, or vice versa. The partnership between our distributed Teams and the centralized administrative directorate persists, and continues to generate productive results in a variety of endeavors that define and nurture the astrobiology community. I will mention some of these ...Continue reading.
This Year At a Glance
- Arizona State University
- Carnegie Institution of Washington
- Harvard University
- Marine Biological Laboratory
- Michigan State University
- NASA Ames Research Center
- NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- NASA Johnson Space Center
- Pennsylvania State University
- Scripps Research Institute
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of Colorado, Boulder
- University of Rhode Island
- University of Washington
- Virtual Planetary Laboratory (JPL/CalTech)
Browse by Roadmap ObjectivesBased on the 2003 Roadmap
- Goal 1
- 1.1Models of formation and evolution of habitable planets
- 1.2Indirect and direct astronomical observations of extrasolar habitable planets
- Goal 2
- 2.1Mars exploration
- 2.2Outer Solar System exploration
- Goal 3
- 3.1Sources of prebiotic materials and catalysts
- 3.2Origins and evolution of functional biomolecules
- 3.3Origins of energy transduction
- 3.4Origins of cellularity and protobiological systems
- Goal 4
- 4.1Earth's early biosphere
- 4.2Foundations of complex life
- 4.3Effects of extraterrestrial events upon the biosphere
- Goal 5
- 5.1Environment-dependent, molecular evolution in microorganisms
- 5.2Co-evolution of microbial communities
- 5.3Biochemical adaptation to extreme environments
- Goal 6
- 6.1Environmental changes and the cycling of elements by the biota, communities, and ecosystems
- 6.2Adaptation and evolution of life beyond Earth
- Goal 7
- 7.1Biosignatures to be sought in Solar System materials
- 7.2Biosignatures to be sought in nearby planetary systems
- 1.0Astrobiology is multidisciplinary in its text and interdisciplinary in its execution. Its success depends critically upon the close coordination of diverse scientific disciplines and programs, including space missions.
- 2.0Astrobiology encourages planetary stewardship through an emphasis on protection against forward and back biological contamination and recognition of ethical issues associated with exploration.
- 3.0Astrobiology recognizes a broad societal interest in its endeavors, especially in areas such as achieving a deeper understanding of life, searching for extraterrestrial biospheres, assessing the societal implications of discovering other examples of life, and envisioning the future of life on Earth and in space.
- 4.0The intrinsic public interest in astrobiology offers a crucial opportunity to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists and informed citizens; thus a strong emphasis upon education and public outreach is essential.
- 1.0How does life begin and evolve?
- 2.0Does life exist elsewhere in the universe?
- 3.0What is the future of life on Earth and beyond?