Year of the Solar System Seminars NASA celebrates 50 years of Solar System exploration in 2012, the last two of those years saw an unprecedented cluster of activity. From comet and asteroid encounters to landing an analytical chemistry laboratory on the surface of Mars, we have dared and learned much. Throughout it all, fundamental research has provided the foundation and impetus for exploration. These talks give the state of the art in astrobiology research in 2012. Seminarsen-usSat, 06 Jun 2020 05:18:46 +0000Exoplanets I: How do we find Exoplanets? What have we found? Part II: How do we know what individual exoplanets are like? Part III: What have we learned about individual exoplanets so far? Part IV: What are the future plans for studying exoplanets? Presentation by Dr. Eliza Kempton and Dr. Shawn Domagal-Goldman. Origin of Life key to understanding ourselves comes from studying the origins of life on Earth. One way to approach origins is to look at our biochemistry. Biology records its own history in molecules, reactions and sequences. We can peel back the molecular layers and ask what was happening during the crucial period in Earth's history when life arose. What strategies were being used by early life to survive... and why? Hunters for extraterrestrial life has created a new scientist: the astrobiologist. Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science David Grinspoon, NASA's Shawn Domagal-Goldman and UK astrobiologist and FameLabber Lewis Dartnell explore some mind-blowing discoveries and the future of hunting for life beyond Earth. Why is Mars so exciting? Where are other Earth-like planets? Could astrobiology save Earth? Each works on wildly diverse topics in different disciplines, but they all ask the same question: are we alone...?