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2003 Annual Science Report

University of California, Los Angeles Reporting  |  JUL 2002 – JUN 2003

Executive Summary

The broad spectrum of physical and life sciences comprising the field of astrobiology is reflected in the research activities of the UCLA lead team in its fifth year of participation in the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). Astrobiological research conducted by the UCLA lead team ranges from devising methods for imaging planets outside of our Solar System to studies of the evolution of life at the scale of individual genes. These seemingly disparate activities comprise a chain of informed inquiry that seeks to define the range of possible habitable environments in our Solar System and beyond and the manifestations of life that might arise in these diverse habitats.

During the fifth year of UCLA’s involvement in the NAI, progress was made on six projects dedicated to improving our understanding of planetary habitats and the evolution and diversity of life. These projects are: 1) Extrasolar planetary systems ...

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