Astrobiology (general)

New Online Guidebook: Secrets of the Springs: Astrobiology in Yellowstone National Park

By Keith Cowing
January 2, 2011

A new online guidebook helps people understand how astrobiology research ties to Yellowstone National Park. The guidebook, entitled “Secrets of the Springs: Astrobiology in Yellowstone National Park,” features an outline of astrobiology and its three fundamental questions; a map of astrobiology-related sites in Yellowstone; and an overview of “extreme environments” and their connection to the search for extra-terrestrial life.

The book was created by astrobiology researchers at Montana State University with support from the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

The book can be downloaded in PDF format at or viewed online at

Printed copies of the guidebook are free for teachers to use as a classroom resource. Museums and science centers may also have free print copies. Contact Suzi Taylor with MSU Extended University at [email protected]

Montana State University’s Extended University offers workforce training and professional development, science education and public outreach, educational technologies and distance learning courses, degrees and certificates via Montana State Online.

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