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Origins of life

, Volume 14, Issue 1–4, pp 793–799 | Cite as

NASA's Exobiology Program

  • D. L. DeVincenzi
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Abstract

The goal of NASA's Exobiology Progam is to understand the origin, evolution, and distribution of life, and life-related molecules, on Earth and throughout the universe. Emphasis is focused on determining how the rate and direction of these processes were affected by the chemical and physical environment of the evolving planet, as well as by planetary, solar, and astrophysical phenomena. This is accomplished by a multi-disciplinary program of research conducted by over 60 principal investigators in both NASA and university laboratories. Major program thrusts are in the following research areas: biogenic elements; chemical evolution; origin of life; organic geochemistry; evolution of higher life forms; solar system exploration; and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETT).

Keywords

Organic Chemistry Geochemistry Research Area Solar System Physical Environment 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. L. DeVincenzi
    • 1
  1. 1.NASA HeadquartersWashington, D.C.

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