What is Astrobiology?
- How does life begin and evolve?
- Does life exist elsewhere in the Universe?
- How do we search for life in the Universe?
In order to address these three questions, hundred of members within astrobiology field are gathered together every few years to define goals and objectives for astrobiology research moving forwards (see roadmaps and Astrobiology Strategy). Six major topics of research in the astrobiology field today include:
Identify abiotic sources of organic compounds
Synthesis and function of macromolecules in the origin of life
Early life and increasing complexity
Co-evolution of life and the physical environment
Identifying, exploring, and characterizing environments for habitability and biosignatures
Constructing habitable worlds
Earn a bachelor's or higher degree in a scientific discipline
Complete research projects
Build a professional network within astrobiology community