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2004 Annual Science Report

University of Arizona Reporting  |  JUL 2003 – JUN 2004

Executive Summary


In 2003, the University of Arizona (UA) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) began their partnership as part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). Much of the activity in the first six months of the funding period has been spent in starting up programs and instituting collaborations within and between the two organizations and with other entities. First postdoctoral workers are starting to arrive, and equipment is under construction. Those activities that have made most progress are those in which least preparatory activity was required. Good progress is underway in all areas including observational, experimental and theoretical work.

The Arizona NAI team is strongly focused on the astronomical activity needed to support astrobiology. We have three research modules. The first is “Building blocks of life", which asks the question: which molecules are present in potentially pre-planetary space, and therefore might become available for ... Continue reading.

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