Assessment of the NASA Astrobiology Institute

Assessment of the NASA Astrobiology Institute

By: Committee on the Review of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (author), National Research Council (author), Space Studies Board (author), Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (author)Paperback

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Astrobiology is a scientific discipline devoted to the study of life in the universe - its origin, evolution, distribution, and future. In 1997, NASA established an Astrobiology program (the NASA Astrobiology Institute - NAI) as a result of a series of new results from solar system exploration and astronomical research in the mid-1990s together with advances in the biological sciences. To help evaluate the NAI, NASA asked the NRC to review progress made by the Institute in developing the field of astrobiology. This book presents an evaluation of NAI's success in meeting its goals for fostering interdisciplinary research, training future astrobiology researchers, providing scientific and technical leadership, exploring new research approaches with information technology, and supporting outreach to K-12 education programs.

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Committee on the Review of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, National Research Council


1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 1 Introduction; 4 2 Interdisciplinary Research; 5 3 Training the Next Generation of Astrobiologists; 6 4 Leadership for Current and Future Space Missions; 7 5 Use of Information Technology; 8 6 Education and Outreach; 9 Appendixes; 10 Appendix A: Letter Requesting This Study; 11 Appendix B: Committee Biographies

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  • ISBN13: 9780309114974
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 80
  • ID: 9780309114974
  • ISBN10: 0309114977

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