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By Mary Firestone

Astrobiology is the learn of existence within the universe. It contains the fields of astronomy, physics, biology, geology, paleontology, and so forth, akin to microbiology. The interest of scientists who wonder whether lifestyles exists someplace along with Earth has created this new technological know-how. because we won't but shuttle to different planets, astrobiologists needs to commence with the single existence we all know approximately: existence in the world.

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They work together, but not in the same place, or even the same state. They use technology to communicate their ideas and research findings. Part of the job of NAI teams is to train a new generation of researchers in the field of astrobiology and to reach out to teachers, students, and the general public. The NAI sponsors focus groups for specific subject areas. These focus groups are open to non-NAI members. The NAI has partnerships with international astrobiology organizations to help cultivate cooperation and interaction in astrobiological research around the world.

Extremophiles: Organisms that are able to survive in harsh environments, such as those that lack oxygen or light, or are extremely cold or hot. Fissures: Cracks. Fossils: Traces left in rock or other material of organisms that were once alive. Frequency: How often a wavelength completes a cycle over time. 58 Genomes: The genetic makeup of an organism. Geothermal heat: Warmth arising from the inside of the Earth. Habitable: To be suitable for life. ” Infrared telescope: A telescope designed to detect radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum.

And this is just a short list of the tools of astrobiology! Astronomical observations can be divided into two basic types: direct imaging and spectroscopy. The astrobiologist uses both. 32 Tools of the Astrobiologist SPACE PROBES The information scientists received from the earliest Explorer space missions in the 1960s and 1970s provided data about the moon, solar wind, and the Van Allen Belt, and was a foundation for astrobiology. These early missions taught scientists something about how Earth’s nearspace environment worked.

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