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Spaceward Bound India 2016

The Spaceward Bound Program is an educational program developed at NASA Ames Research Center. This brings astrobiologists, scientists and students together to a remote, extreme environment to explore and understand how microbial communities sustain themselves in such biospheres. Earlier expeditions have been to Mohave Desert, Idaho, North Dakota, Australia, New Zealand, Polar regions. For the 2016 edition, we have decided to visit Ladakh, India.

Why Ladakh?

Ladakh offers a cold, high altitude (3500m-5500m above sea level), high UV exposed, dry ecosystem with Mars analogue topological features that tell us heaps about the origin and evolution of our planet's topological features and also about how life has adapted itself to sustain itself in such harsh conditions. Astrobio/geoscientsts would find high passes, permafrost regions, glaciers, hot springs, shallow and paleo lakes and some of the best high altitude night skies to conduct various types of experiments to help us answer some of the most fundamental questions about 'life'.

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Started by Himangshu Raj Oct 8, 2015. 0 Replies

I am Dr. Himangshu Raj. I have graduated in Veterinary Science and Masters in Bioinformatics. Currently pursuing PhD in Animal in vitro fertilization and cryopreservation from Gauhati University. My…Continue

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Posted by Andrew Planet on May 4, 2020 at 2:51pm 2 Comments

I just read the piece at the link below entitled "Study: Life might survive, and thrive, in a hydrogen world."

I'd been thinking on similar lines recently, on different atmospheres with early life, but I was considering anoxogenic bacteria whose byproduct is sulfur instead of molecular oxygen. ¿Had life evolved on Venus could its sulfuric clouds be the signature byproduct of such life with no branches ever evolving to produce the equivalent of Earth's Great…

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Posted by Andrew Planet on April 25, 2020 at 11:10am 0 Comments

Exactly 100 years ago tomorrow, the subject on whether this Universe is larger than the Milky Way Galaxy was brought up publicly at an event sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, known as The Great Debate. Until then the Milky Way was thought to be this Universe.  Conference at the NAS http://www.nasonline.org/about-nas/events/annual-meeting/nas157/

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I am really glad to invite everyone to the next Mexican School of Astrobiology (aka EMA) which is this August.

¡Anímate a participar en la 5ta Escuela Mexicana de…

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A consortium of representatives of European Research Organisations has taken the initiative to create a virtual institute named the “European Astrobiology Institute” (EAI) with the ambition of enabli…

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Joining The Team

Started by Himangshu Raj Oct 8, 2015. 0 Replies

I am Dr. Himangshu Raj. I have graduated in Veterinary Science and Masters in Bioinformatics. Currently pursuing PhD in Animal in vitro fertilization and cryopreservation from Gauhati University. My…Continue

Tags: evolution, of, life, and, origin

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