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
Recently, an interstellar object named ‘Oumuamua entered our solar system. It was the first such observed object in recorded history. Scientists were thus already watching…View More Mainstreaming SETI: ‘Oumuamua and Light-sails
If we are to sustainably explore other worlds, we need to grow plants in space. The importance of space botany to life off Earth…View More Plants in Space: Seeding Sustainable Exploration
“Where is everybody?” That is the question Enrico Fermi reportedly asked, summarizing the quandary: if the universe is so big, why haven’t we seen any aliens?…View More Is Life on Other Planets?