Well, here’s another one for the record books – not in the sheer number of iPoster screens, or mini-theatres, or authors, or participants, but in the mind-blowing research being done in the search for life in our (shared?) universe.
- Where: The AbSciCon2019 Astrobiology conference in Bellevue, Washington.
- Who: Organized by NASA and the American Geophysical Union, and co-sponsored by the Seti Institute.
- What: “Understanding and Enabling the Search for Life on Worlds Near and Far.”
The presentations covered topics such as experimenting with molecules to understand how the building blocks of life came together in the first place; studying extreme environments (saline, frozen, boiling) that can support lifeforms here on earth as a model of conditions that might be found on other planets; and using satellite and telescopic data to discover planets with conditions that might support forms of life like – or unlike – our own. Awe-inspiring!