NASA will hold a news conference to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.
The news conference will be held at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2 at the NASA Headquarters auditorium. The live broadcast of the conference will be available at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv .
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.
Though the science journal has embargoed details of the discoveries secret until the conference, it can be expected to be related to three fundamental questions from NASA’s Astrobiology Program: How does life begin and evolve? Is there life beyond Earth and, if so, how can we detect it? What is the future of life on Earth and in the universe?
NASA funded its first astrobiology project in 1959 and established its Exobiology Program in 1960. NASA’s Viking missions to Mars, launched in 1976, included three experiments designed to look for possible signs of life. In the 21st century, astrobiology is a focus of a growing number of NASA solar system exploration missions.
The briefing participants will include Mary Voytek, director of Astrobiology Program, Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA astrobiology research fellow, Pamela Conrad, astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Steven Benner, distinguished fellow from Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution and James Elser, professor from Arizona State University.
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