Astrobiology deals with three fundamental questions
To understand the origin of life and its evolution.
To probe for extraterrestrial life, especially intelligent life.
To understand the future of life on Earth and extraterrestrial life.
Astrobiology will help us answer the question ‘Are We Alone’
Note, the former home of IARC - astrobiology.co.in - is now being developed as a dedicated website for astrobiology (May 2012 onwards). Presently, it hosts interviews and an overview of astrobiology topics. In near future, it will offer resources like videos, research papers, podcasts, feature articles and more. Click here
The NASA Astrobiology Roadmap provides a broad guideline for astrobiology research. It is divided into seven Goals and a doxen and half Objectives;
Understand the nature and distribution of habitable environments in the Universe
Explore for past or present habitable environments, prebiotic chemistry and signs of life elsewhere in our Solar System
Understand how life originates from cosmic and planetary precursors
Understand how past life on Earth interacted with its changing planetary and Solar System environment
Understand the evolutionary mechanisms and environmental limits of life
Understand the principles that will shape the future of life, both on Earth and beyond
Determine how to recognize signatures of life on other worlds and on early Earth