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?
Other worlds are far away. If humanity is to become an interplanetary or interstellar species, how will humans make it so far? Some proposals include…View More How will humans be able to reach other worlds?
How will humans live in space? Though we first visited another celestial body over a generation ago, we still have limited experience living off-planet permanently.…View More How will humans live in space?
Space Origami is a team of science and engineering students that plans to use DNA to construct three-dimensional structures in outer space. After winning support…View More Featured Project: Space Origami