What is Astrobiology?
In order to address these questions, astrobiologists gather together to define the goals and objectives that will set the tone for future research (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