from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The scientific study of the possible origin, distribution, evolution, and future of life in the universe, including that on Earth, using a combination of methods from biology, chemistry, and astronomy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun exobiology; -- not used technically.
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- noun the branch of biology concerned with the effects of outer space on living organisms and the search for extraterrestrial life
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It appears astrobiology is the funding source for the methane study, If you think this effort is worth funding please state so, I happen to think it was worth the effort if they are correct which is still open in my mind.
A new book on astrobiology is out from a pair of American scientists, and it pegs the end of all life on earth at 500 million years from now.
The subject matter of astrobiology is fascinating.
And why was such a thoroughly earthly endeavor classified as "astrobiology" -- a discipline that sounds like the day job of the Enterprise's Science Officer?
Exobiology sometimes also called astrobiology or xenobiology is the term for the study of both extraterrestrial life and the effects of outer space on living things.
The researchers are part of a new scientific discipline called astrobiology, which blends astronomy, biology, chemistry and physics in an effort to identify life in the universe.
And it kind of led me to astrobiology, which is the study of possible life in the universe.
You have a field called astrobiology, which studies all life in the universe.
Now, you can't start in the field of what's now called astrobiology and not know about Jill Tarter.
There's no good evidence to date that life exists, or ever has existed, on worlds beyond the Earth - so it might seem odd that the field of science known as astrobiology is booming.