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Scientists To Map Out Astrobiology Strategy

From: Stig Agermose <wanderer@post8.tele.dk>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 05:34:31 -0400
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Subject: Scientists To Map Out Astrobiology Strategy

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Leading Scientists Meet To Map Out Astrobiology

From: baalke@kelvin.jpl.nasa.gov (Ron Baalke) 
Date: 16 Jul 1998 17:33 UT 
Organization: Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
Newsgroups: sci.space.news=A0

Donald Savage
Headquarters, Washington, DC                       
July 16, 1998
(Phone:  202/358-1727)

Kathy Burton
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
(Phone:  650/604-1731)



Leading scientists from around the world will meet
next week in a critical first step in planning
NASA's emerging astrobiology program. In a three-day
"roadmapping" session, participants will discuss
development of a five-year strategic plan for
astrobiology research, next-generation missions and
technology requirements. 

The goal of the workshop is to provide direction and
set the tone for astrobiology research and its
impact on NASA's missions, both in the near term and
looking ahead to the year 2020. Astrobiology is the
search for the origin, evolution and destiny of life
in the universe. It involves research to gain
understanding of the origins of life in the
universe, the formation and evolution of habitable
worlds, life's evolution and the biogeochemical
cycles in the Earth's oceans and atmosphere, and the
potential for biological evolution beyond an
organism's planet of origin.

The roadmap team will define top-level mission and
technology requirements to achieve astrobiology
science goals and map these requirements onto NASA's
future missions and technology development programs.
Topics for discussion include life's molecular
roots, the cosmic context for life, the origin of
terrestrial life and the prospects for life beyond
the planet of origin.

The three-day planning workshop will be held July
20-22, 1998, at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett
Field, CA. Media representatives are invited to
attend the workshop's opening sessions, which run
from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 1:00 p.m. PDT on
July 20 in the Moffett Training and Conference
Center (Building 3). Contact the Ames Public Affairs
Office at 650/604-1731 for media access information.

"Future Shock" author Alvin Toffler will lead a
dialogue about the "fourth wave" and astrobiology.
Other speakers will include Michael Meyer,
astrobiology discipline scientist; Henry McDonald,
Ames center director; David Morrison, Ames director
of space; and Scott Hubbard, interim manager of the
NASA Astrobiology Institute based at Ames.

Workshop attendees will include top
multidisciplinary researchers from around the
nation, including Nobel laureates Dr. Walter Gilbert
of Harvard University and Dr. Stanley N. Cohen of
the Stanford University School of Medicine. Other
attendees will include National Academy of Science
members and representatives from leading research
institutions and universities. Represented
disciplines will range from astronomy and
astrophysics, to biology, chemistry and planetary
geology. Scientists in all fields are working toward
the common goal of discovering the role of life in
the universe.

Members of NASA's recently formed virtual
Astrobiology Institute will participate in this
exercise. This highly interdisciplinary group comes
from 11 selected institutions which include: Arizona
State University; Carnegie Institution; Harvard
University; Pennsylvania State University; Scripps
Research Institute; the University of Colorado; the
University of California, Los Angeles; Woods Hole
Marine Biological Laboratory; Ames; and NASA's
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, and Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

Information about astrobiology at Ames can be found
on the world wide web at: