Pardee Keynote Symposium P8

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Exploring for Life in the Cosmos: Celebrating Five Decades of Astrobiology

Tue., 2 Nov., 1:30 p.m.
Jack D. Farmer
nebulaCosponsored by GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division

As a term, astrobiology was first coined in the 1940s to encompass early scientific ideas about how to explore for extraterrestrial life (see Dick, S.J. and Strick. J.E., 2004, The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology: New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University Press). More recently, astrobiology has been more broadly defined as the scientific discipline that studies the origin, distribution, and future of life in the Cosmos. Over the past five decades, astrobiology has evolved to be a highly interdisciplinary field that seeks answers to some of humankind's most basic questions, including "How did life originate?" and "Are we alone in the universe?"



Geomicrobiology; Planetary Geology; Paleontology, Diversity, Extinction, Origination


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