Graphic Histories

Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Universe

Astrobiology-related graphic histories

Issues
Issue #5: Astrobiology and the Earth
Issue 5Astrobiology and the Earth
Summary

Issue #5 of Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Universe explains how astrobiologists explore analog environments on Earth in order to better understand environments that could support life on other worlds like Mars. Earth is the only planet we know that is inhabited by life, and studying our home is the key to understanding life’s potential in the Universe.

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Issue #4 of Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Solar System, Missions to the Outer Solar System.
Issue 4Missions to the Outer Solar System
Summary

Issue #4 of Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Universe features missions to locations in the outer Solar System. Mysteries await in the cold, dark expanse beyond the asteroid belt. Gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn are not habitable, but many of their moons raise questions about life’s potential far, far away from the warmth of the Sun.

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Pages of Issue #3 of Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Universe. Missions to the Inner Solar System. Credit: NASA Astrobiology Program
Issue 3Missions to the inner Solar System
Summary

Issue# 3 of Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Universe chronicles the multitude of missions that have explored the region of our solar system that rests inside the asteroid belt. Mars is not the only location in the Solar System that interests astrobiologists. From Mercury to Venus, from asteroids to comets, there are many objects near the Sun that can help astrobiologists understand life’s potential in the Universe.

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Issue #2 of Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Universe.
Issue 2Missions to Mars
Summary

Issue# 2 of Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Universe chronicles the ups and downs of our exploration of Mars. There were early successes, followed by NASA’s first foray into life-detection with Viking. After Viking, many countries struggled to get missions to Mars. But in the ’90s saw a return to form, with many successes. The story concludes with exciting new missions to the red planet.

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Pages of Issue #1 of Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Universe. Credit: NASA Astrobiology
Issue 1The Origin of Science
Summary

Issue #1 of Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Universe traces the roots of Astrobiology from early cave paintings, through speculations of ancient Greek philosophers on the existence of other worlds, to contributions from more modern scientists such as Huygens, Galileo, Oparin, Haldane, Miller, Urey, Franklin, Watson, Crick, and Sagan. It goes on to explain how shortly after NASA was created in 1958, the NASA Exobiology Program, a research program supporting the search for life beyond Earth, came along. It would eventually morph into the Astrobiology Program in the mid-90’s.

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The Amazing Adventures of AstrobioBot!
Issue 1The Amazing Adventures of AstrobioBot!
Summary

The Amazing Adventures of AstrobioBot! collects together episodes from the first series of AstrobioBot, an original production for the AstroComics feature of Astrobiology Magazine. AstrobioBot tells the tale of an exploration mission – all through the eyes of a little robotic instrument and his journey to becoming a full-fledged Astrobiology adventurer.

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