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By Mary Firestone

Astrobiology is the examine of existence within the universe. It comprises the fields of astronomy, physics, biology, geology, paleontology, and so on, equivalent to microbiology. The interest of scientists who wonder whether lifestyles exists someplace in addition to Earth has created this new technology. on account that we can't but commute to different planets, astrobiologists needs to commence with the one lifestyles we all know approximately: existence in the world.

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Submersible: Vessel able to explore underwater. Terrestrial: Of the Earth. Thermoacidophiles: Organisms that thrive in hot, acidic environments. Ultraviolet radiation: Energy emitted in the form of light from the ultraviolet segment of the electromagnetic spectrum. Virtual: Something that exists in effect, but not in reality. Wavelengths: The distance a light wave travels over time. 60 BIBLIOGRAPHY Corbella, Luciano. Is Anybody Out There? New York: DK Publishing, 1998. Jefferis, David. Alien Lifesearch: Quest for Extraterrestrial Organisms.

Spectrum: Range of colors or frequencies. Submersible: Vessel able to explore underwater. Terrestrial: Of the Earth. Thermoacidophiles: Organisms that thrive in hot, acidic environments. Ultraviolet radiation: Energy emitted in the form of light from the ultraviolet segment of the electromagnetic spectrum. Virtual: Something that exists in effect, but not in reality. Wavelengths: The distance a light wave travels over time. 60 BIBLIOGRAPHY Corbella, Luciano. Is Anybody Out There? New York: DK Publishing, 1998.

The NAI sponsors focus groups for specific subject areas. These focus groups are open to non-NAI members. The NAI has partnerships with international astrobiology organizations to help cultivate cooperation and interaction in astrobiological research around the world. A NASA Astrobiology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, administered by the NAI in association with the National Research Council, selects a group of the best young astrobiology researchers each year and supports them directly. Astrobiologists frequently work in teams.

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