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Astrobiology Science Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe

Statement of Task

In preparation for and as an input to the upcoming decadal surveys in astronomy and astrophysics and planetary science, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will appoint an ad hoc committee to carry out a study of the state of the science of astrobiology as it relates to the search for life in the solar system and extrasolar planetary systems. The study will have the following objectives:

  • Take account of and build on NASA’s current Astrobiology Strategy 2015;
  • Outline key scientific questions and technology challenges in astrobiology, particularly as they pertain to the search for life in the solar system and extrasolar planetary systems;
  • Identify the most promising key research goals in the field of the search for signs of life in which progress is likely in the next 20 years;
  • Discuss which of the key goals could be addressed by U.S. and international space missions and ground telescopes in operation or in development;
  • Discuss how to expand partnerships (interagency, international and public/private) in furthering the study of life's origin, evolution, distribution, and future in the universe;
  • Make recommendations for advancing the research, obtaining the measurements, and realizing NASA’s goal to search for signs of life in the universe

In the course of conducting this study, the committee will consider and regularly consult with the concurrent study “Exoplanet Science Strategy,” in the area of assessing habitability, searching for signs of life, and other relevant areas of scientific overlap. Also the committee will not revisit or redefine the scientific priorities or mission recommendations from previous decadal surveys. 

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Meeting Dates

 

January 16-18, 2018
Irvine, CA
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Community Input

 

White Paper Request

 

Submissions for Community White Papers are being accepted November 7, 2017 thru January 8, 2018. All responses are made available to the committee. The submitted white papers are posted and available for public viewing below.

 

SUBMIT YOUR WHITEPAPER

 

View this linked pdf with the full text description and instructions for white papers.

 

View the Submitted White Papers

 

Questions about the project or white paper submissions may be directed to the project staff at: astrobiology@nas.edu
 

Committee Members


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Barbara Sherwood Lollar
University of Toronto

Paul G. Falkowski
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Jack D.Farmer
Arizona State University

Gerald F. Joyce
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Roger E. Summons
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sushil K. Atreya
University of Michigan

Britney E. Schmidt
Georgia Institute of Technology

Frances Westall
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Alan P. Boss
Carnegie Institution

James F. Kasting
The Pennsylvania State University

Victoria S. Meadows
University of Washington

Nilton O. Rennó
University of Michigan

Shelley A Wright
University of California, San Diego

Philip M. Neches
Teradata Corporation

Carl B. Pilcher
Blue Marble Space Institute of Science
 

Staff
 

David Smith
Senior Program Officer

Sarah Brothers
Associate Program Officer

Anesia Wilks
Program Coordinator


Presentations

Presentations which have been made available for posting will be added after the meeting is complete.

January  16-18, 2018

To be added post meeting.