EXPANDING VIEWS ON THE EMERGENCE OF THE BIOSPHERE The emergence of biosphere on Earth, and possibly elsewhere in the universe, remains one of the great unsolved scientific questions. Research into the origin and subsequent evolution of life takes place across an array of scientific disciplines, including but not limited to planetary sciences, astronomy, theoretical physics, chemistry and biology. The goal of the Symposium is to provide a forum for diverse perspectives and unify the fragmentary knowledge stemming from a single discipline.
Spurred by more than five decades of research, NASA scientists are developing new technologies that are dramatically expanding our ability to explore our solar system. With the end of the space shuttle program, the search for life in the universe has become NASA's primary focus.
The Astrobiology Institute (NAI) and her partners are conducting research around the globe, developing unique instruments to investigate some of Earth's most remote and extreme environments in the search for life. Not only are they are expanding the knowledge we have of our planet; they are building and testing tools, systems and technologies for future NASA missions.
Follow this XQM/NASA series of short videos to meet the researchers and learn about their work in unique and dramatic areas on Planet Earth.