There are many ways to engage with space. One required skillset, if humanity is to establish a more permanent presence off Earth, is electrical engineering.…View More How does electrical engineering inform off-planet food production?
To live off-planet, humanity will need to learn to use limited resources efficiently. The technologies we develop to support sustainable habitation are important off-planet. They…View More How do you engineer sustainable human habitation in space?
As far as we know, life only exists on Earth. How, then, does one combine interests in space and biology? One option is astrobiology, the…View More Why do you study space biology?
One area of concern in space exploration is forward and backward contamination – bringing life forms from Earth to other places or vice versa. There…View More Will humans inevitably cause microbial colonization of space?
Astrobiology is a rapidly growing area of space science. It is characterized by interdisciplinarity, bringing together perspectives from various scientific fields. It also addresses one…View More What is astrobiology and how does one enter the field?
One of the best-known mass extinction events in Earth’s history was the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction event. Dinosaurs were among the species that perished. It is…View More How did the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs cause extinction?
How did life originate on Earth? This is still an open question. It is furthermore one that relates to the field of astrobiology – knowing…View More What does Australia’s outback teach us about astrobiology?
Forward contamination, meaning infecting other parts of the Solar System with life from Earth – how big a deal is it? Science fiction has long…View More How big a deal is forward contamination of other planets?
Fans of astrobiology may be aware of the theory of panspermia – that objects such as meteorites may carry life from one planet to another.…View More How do meteorites’ impacts affect life?
Astrobiology is a relatively recent area of study that investigates the origin and evolution of life in the universe. Being an astrobiologist combines perspectives from…View More What’s it like working as an astrobiologist?