NASA Astrobiology Institute


The Search for the Fingerprints of Life on Mars Begins

The Search for the Fingerprints of Life on Mars Begins

NASA's Astrobiology Institute (NAI) announced that the SETI Institute has been selected as a new member of theNAI for a 5-year research program, "Changing Planetary Environments and the Fingerprints of Life."


NASA Selects New Science Teams for Astrobiology Research

NASA Selects New Science Teams for Astrobiology Research

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $50 million to seven research teams nationwide to study the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.


Carl Pilcher Returns to NAI as Interim Director

Carl Pilcher Returns to NAI as Interim Director

The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) welcomes back Dr. Carl B. Pilcher as NAI Interim Director.


Michael Meyer Declines NAI Interim Director Position

Michael Meyer Declines NAI Interim Director Position

Due to unexpected personal conflicts, Dr. Michael Meyer has declined the position of NAI's Interim Director. Dr. Meyer explains, "Unfortunately, the requirements levied to resolve a conflict-of-interest were unacceptable."


Why Is NASA's Astrobiology Program STILL Ignoring

Why Is NASA's Astrobiology Program STILL Ignoring "Cosmos"?

NASA's Astrobiology program continues to totally ignore "Cosmos" - even when it offers millions of viewers a full episode on Astrobiology.


Why Is NASA's Astrobiology Program Ignoring

Why Is NASA's Astrobiology Program Ignoring "Cosmos"? Video in Story

Last night @NASA and other main NASA Twitter accounts devoted a lot of real time tweeting and linking of images and references in support of the premiere of "Cosmos".


Michael Meyer Selected as Interim Director of NASA Astrobiology Institute

Michael Meyer Selected as Interim Director of NASA Astrobiology Institute

Effective April 7, 2014, Michael Meyer will serve on a one-year detail assignment as the interim director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.


Astrobiology Future Webinars - Next Steps

Astrobiology Future Webinars - Next Steps

As we are rapidly approaching the end of the end of this stage of the Astrobiology Strategy planning, we would like to thank everyone that has participated as a presenter or author, commented on a white paper or at a webinar, or even just listened in to one of the presentations.


AbSciCon 2014 Postponed until 2015

AbSciCon 2014 Postponed until 2015

The Astrobiology Program has been the sole source of funding for biennial AbSciCons from their beginning. However, restrictions on federal spending on conferences and budget limitations due to sequestration have led us to determine that the Program cannot support an AbSciCon next year. We regret this decision as much as you do, and it was a hard one to make.


Astrobiology Program Strategy Process Update

Astrobiology Program Strategy Process Update

Betcha didn't know that the unofficial motto of NASA's Astrobiology Program was "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of Congressional paralysis stays these scientists from the swift completion of their appointed webinars" ;-)


NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice: NASA Astrobiology Institute Cycle 7

NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice: NASA Astrobiology Institute Cycle 7

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (NNH13ZDA017C) entitled NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) - Cycle 7.


Astrobiology Strategic Plan Milestone

Astrobiology Strategic Plan Milestone

The NASA Astrobiology Strategy process has reached an important milestone. The concept documents, which were created at the Wallops Island workshop, are now ready for public comment.


NASA Astrobiology Strategic Plan Update

NASA Astrobiology Strategic Plan Update

The 2014 Astrobiology Strategic Plan is now under construction. It has involved the community in online and face-to-face discussions.


Notice of release of draft text of the NASA Astrobiology Institute

Notice of release of draft text of the NASA Astrobiology Institute

Cycle 7 Cooperative Agreement Notice NNH13ZDA010J: On or about July 3, 2013 The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate is releasing a Draft Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) soliciting team-based proposals for membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) for community review and comment.


Developing a New Astrobiology Roadmap

Developing a New Astrobiology Roadmap

The NASA Astrobiology Program has begun the process of developing a new Astrobiology Roadmap to chart the future directions of astrobiology research. During the month of May, NASA hosted a series of on-line hangouts and discussions focusing on broad themes in astrobiology.


Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology 2013 Selections

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology 2013 Selections

The NAI is pleased to announce selections for the 2013 Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology.


Astrobiology Program Early Career Collaboration Award 2013 Selections

Astrobiology Program Early Career Collaboration Award 2013 Selections

The NASA Astrobiology Program Early Career Collaboration Award offers research-related travel support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Applicants are encouraged to use these resources to circulate among two or more research teams, however any travel that is critical for the applicant's research will be considered.


Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program 2013 Selections

Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program 2013 Selections

The Astrobiology Program has selected 5 faculty members from minority serving institutions to conduct research in the labs of NASA Astrobiology Program researchers as part of the Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) program during 2013.


Astrobiology Roadmapping: Be a part of the future of Astrobiology

Astrobiology Roadmapping: Be a part of the future of Astrobiology

Be a part of the future of Astrobiology! It's time to chart the future directions of astrobiology research and you can participate. During the month of May, NASA will be hosting a series of on-line hangouts and discussions focusing on broad themes in astrobiology: Planetary Conditions for Life, Prebiotic Evolution, Early Evolution of Life and the Biosphere, Evolution of Advanced Life, and Astrobiology for Solar Systems Exploration.


NASA Seeks New Director for the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI)

NASA Seeks New Director for the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI)

The ideal candidate will be an internationally recognized scientist with proven experience in leading large, multi-disciplinary, multi-site research programs or projects, possessed with a vision for leading the Institute into the future. Established in 1998 as part of NASA's Astrobiology Program, the NAI is a collaboration between NASA, US academic institutions, and foreign institutions, governments and research organizations - and is composed of over 800 US scientists and hundreds of researchers abroad. The NAI, currently headquartered at NASA Ames Research Center in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, functions as a virtual institute, its members linked by modern information technologies.



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