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Film, Video Astrobiology: Life in Space

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  • Astrobiology: Life in Space


  • Daniel P. Glavin, an astrobiologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, says the possibility of extraterrestrial life in our solar system is not limited to Mars; other "habitable" worlds might exist including the icy Moons of Jupiter and Saturn, known as Europa and Enceladus. The challenge for scientists and engineers in the next couple of decades, he says, will be to design miniaturized instruments and technologies capable of detecting the signatures of life in our own solar system and beyond. Glavin, who is currently involved in the analysis of organic compounds in meteorites and in the search for extraterrestrial life, presented "Astrobiology: Are We Alone?" In his talk, Glavin described the concept of a "habitable environment" and the conditions on Earth that led to the origin of life. Understanding the basic requirements for life and the prebiotic chemistry that led to the emergence of life on Earth will help guide the search for life beyond Earth. He also gave an overview of the Mars Exploration Program and future plans for sending instrumentation to Mars to explore habitable environments.


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  • Library of Congress. Science, Technology, and Business Division, sponsoring body

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  • Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 2009-06-02.


  • -  Education
  • -  Science, Technology
  • -  Environment, Conservation
  • -  Technology, Industry


  • -  Classification: Education.
  • -  Classification: Science.
  • -  Classification: Technology.
  • -  Daniel P. Glavin.
  • -  Recorded on 2009-06-02.
  • -  Kids, Families.


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  • 2021687531

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  • video
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