F3 – Commission F3 Astrobiology

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Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe. The International Astronomical Union's Commission 51 was established in 1982 as "Bioastronomy: Search for Extraterrestrial Life" and was renamed simply "Bioastronomy" in 2006. After the commission reform exercise in 2015, it is now the International Astronomical Union's Commission F3 "Astrobiology".

Astrobiology encompasses the search for extant life, evidence of past life, or evidence of prebiotic chemistry on solar system bodies, including Mars, Europa, Titan and Enceladus; the search for planets around other stars and potential spectroscopic evidence and habitability and biological activity; the origin of the biogenic chemical elements and the study of biologically relevant molecules in the interstellar medium and in primitive solar system objects such as comets, undifferentiated asteroids and some meteorites; the search for intelligent signals of extraterrestrial origin; the study of the origin, early evolution, and environmental constraints for life on Earth; the coordination of efforts in all these areas at the international level; and the establishment of collaborative programs with other international scientific societies with related interests.


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Division F Planetary Systems and Bioastronomy


Sun Kwok

University of Hong Kong
Laboratory for Space Research
Room 405B 4th floor, Block A Cyberport 4
Pokfulam Rd
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
China Nanjing

Phone: +86 39621436
Email: sunkwokhkuhk
Personal website: http://www.scifac.hku.hk/kwok/

Last updated:
March 8, 2017

Masatoshi OHISHI

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
NAOJ
Astronomy Data Center
2-21-1 Osawa
Mitaka
Tokyo 181-8588
Kanto
Japan

Phone: +81 422 34 3575
Fax: +81 422 34 3840
Email: masatoshiohishinaoacjp
Personal website: http://jvo.nao.ac.jp/index-e.html
Organization website: http://www.nao.ac.jp/E/index.html

Last updated:
March 17, 2017

Joseph A. Nuth

NASA/GSFC
Solar System Exploration Division
Code 690
Greenbelt MD 20771
Maryland (MD)
United States

Phone: +1 301 286 9467
Fax: +1 301 286 1683
Email: josephanuthnasagov
Organization website: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/home/index.html

Last updated:
May 24, 2016

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