By Mary Firestone

Astrobiology is the examine of existence within the universe. It contains the fields of astronomy, physics, biology, geology, paleontology, and so forth, similar to microbiology. The interest of scientists who wonder whether existence exists someplace along with Earth has created this new technology. considering we won't but trip to different planets, astrobiologists needs to start with the single existence we all know approximately: existence on the earth.

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Astrobiotech The Astrobiotech Focus Group’s goal is to identify the science and technology needs for the unique research of astrobiology. NASA’s exploration of the solar system involves the search for signatures of extraterrestrial life. To accomplish this, advances in in situ (which means “in a natural location”) science are needed, including landing instruments to take samples and analyze their physical and chemical properties. Instrument technologies for in situ planetary exploration could be used to study extreme environments on Earth as well, such as deep-sea vents, high-altitude environments, and locations in the Arctic Sea and Antarctica.

Interdisciplinary: Using contributions from several different fields. Magnetosphere: The magnetic field around a planet, located above the planet’s uppermost layer of atmosphere. Mass spectrometers: Instruments that identify the chemical makeup of a substance. Microbes: See Microorganisms. Microbial: Of or relating to microbes (microorganisms). Microbial mat: Mats that show how microbial life adjusts to the conditions of the enivronment. Microorganisms: Also called “microbes;” organisms that can be seen only with a microscope.

NASA’s exploration of the solar system involves the search for signatures of extraterrestrial life. To accomplish this, advances in in situ (which means “in a natural location”) science are needed, including landing instruments to take samples and analyze their physical and chemical properties. Instrument technologies for in situ planetary exploration could be used to study extreme environments on Earth as well, such as deep-sea vents, high-altitude environments, and locations in the Arctic Sea and Antarctica.

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