NASA's Ask An Astrobiologist

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Our guest is Dr. Heather Graham, organic geochemist and research associate from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Dr. Graham's research focuses on the scientific development of tools and techniques that can help us identify “agnostic biosig
Please join us for a special panel episode all about the OSIRIS-REx mission, which just left asteroid Bennu with asteroidal material on its way back to Earth! This episode's guests are all collaborators on the OSIRIS-REx mission: Drs. Eve Berge
Our guest for this episode is Dr. Jen Blank, an astrobiologist at the NASA Ames Research Center and a Research Scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science. Jen has been a member of the Mars Curiosity science team and studies Mars an
Our guest for this episode is Dr. Cynthia Phillips, a planetary geologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory! She serves as a project staff scientist and the project science communications lead for the Europa Clipper mission, as well as the de
This is a special Mars 2020 panel episode featuring Dr. Kennda Lynch, Dr. Frances Rivera-Hernandez, and Dr. Svetlana Shkolyar! The Perseverance rover is on schedule to arrive on Mars on February 18th, and we'll be discussing all the incredible
Our guest is Dr. Melissa Trainer, a Deputy Principal Investigator (PI) for the Dragonfly mission to Saturn's moon Titan, and lead for the Dragonfly Mass Spectrometer (DraMS), an instrument supporting the Dragonfly investigation of Titan's surfa
This is a special panel episode featuring previous attendees and organizers of the Astrobiology Graduate Conference (AbGradCon), including Drs. Sandra Siljeström, Lena Noack, Marc Neveu, and Vlada Stamenkovic. We’ll discuss the impacts of confe
Our guest is Dr. Ravi Kopparapu, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, whose research interests include extrasolar planet habitability, atmospheric modeling, technosignatures, and more! Check out our website for the ful
Our guest is Dr. Jacob Haqq-Misra, a research scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science! Jacob studies planetary habitability, atmospheric dynamics, environmental ethics, extraterrestrial life, and space settlement. Jacob is a m
Our guest is Dr. Eddie Schwieterman, an astrobiologist and astronomer interested in studying planetary habitability and remote biosignatures to uncover the distribution of life in the Universe. Eddie received his undergraduate degrees from the
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Kevin Peter Hand, the Director of NASA JPL’s Ocean Worlds Lab! He's also a pre-Project Scientist for development of a Europa Lander/Ocean Worlds Lander mission concept. His research in the realm of astrobiology
Our guest is Dr. Betül Kaçar, an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona. She and her team explore the molecular mechanisms of evolution, the origin(s) of life, and the distributions of life in the cosmos. Dr. Kaçar uses a paleophenoty
Our guest is Dr. Colin Goldblatt, an Associate Professor of Earth System Evolution at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. His research has focused on the atmospheric evolution of Earth and Ear
Join us as we welcome Dr. Hiroyuki Kurokawa, a research scientist at the Earth-Life Science Institute in Tokyo, Japan, who studies the formation and evolution of planets. Dr. Kurokawa received his PhD from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, as
Join us as we welcome Dr. Daniel Angerhausen, an astrophysicist and astrobiologist at the Center for Space and Habitability at Bern University! A former NASA postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Angerhausen is also the founder and CEO of the science and te
Join us as we welcome Dr. Susan Schneider, the current Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration, and Scientific Innovation. Dr. Schneider is an Associate Professor of philosophy and cognitive science, as we
Join us as we welcome Dr. Aaron Gronstal, a graphic artist and communications specialist for the NASA Astrobiology Program. Aaron began working for NASA as a geomicrobiologist and is now engaging in science communication for astrobiology as a w
Join us as we welcome Dr. Laurie Barge, a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, and the Oak Crest Institute of Science. She studies topics like self-organizing chemical systems, the
EDM remix of our theme song for our new season 4 launch. Created by Mike Toillion.
Join us as we welcome, Dr. Bruce Damer, a multi-disciplinary scientist, researcher, and public speaker! Dr. Damer has worked on developing and testing a new model for the origin of life on Earth, and in the design of spacecraft architectures to
Join us as we welcome Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz, an astronomer based at the Adler Planetarium. Dr. Walkowicz has done research in stellar magnetic activity and its impact on planetary suitability for extraterrestrial life. Lucianne has also spoken
Join us as we welcome Dr. Yasuhito Sekine from the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Dr. Sekine studies the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the potential of life on other planets and satellite b
Join us as we welcome Dr. Gordon "Oz" Osinski. Dr. Osinski is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Earth Sciences at the Western University, and the Director of the Center for Planetary Science and Exploration! Check out our website for
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Jason Wright of Penn State University! Dr. Wright is an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics and a member of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds at Penn State. His research includes the s
Join us as we welcome, Dr. Sarah Rugheimer from Oxford University! Dr. Rugheimer is a Glasstone Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Oxford University and a Hugh Price Fellow at Jesus College. Her research includes modeling the atmospheres and clima
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