The Center for Astrobiology at the University of Colorado

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What is Astrobiology?



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What is astrobiology?

Astrobiology is the science of trying to understand the potential and actual distribution of life in the universe.

- The origin of life on Earth, the connections between the evolution of life and of planets, and the environmental requirements necessary to support life;

- The characteristics and evolution of the planets and satellites in our solar system, the occurrence of potentially habitable niches , and whether microorganisms are present; and

- The occurrence of planets around other stars, the processes by which they form and evolve and the implications for earth-like planets elsewhere, and the potential for life to exist there.