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I just finished watching the latest live broadcast with Kevin Hand. Fascinating discussion about alien oceans.

I was curious if a liquid ocean is sitting under the surface of Europa, is it possible that a planet with a dense atmosphere like Titan could also have temperatures high enough for liquid water to exist on the surface, not necessarily in our solar system, but around exoplanets? 

We have two moons with liquid water outside of the traditional 'Goldilocks Zone' which seems like it would greatly expand the possibility of there being life in the Galaxy. 

I am looking for a list of contests for middle school students, on topics of astrobiology, cognitive astrobiology and AI in space. 

Thank you,

Julia Brodsky


I am looking for project opportunities related to astronomy/astrobiology. I am a 2nd year undergraduate student with keen interest in the same.
  • hello there, Chirag Parmar this side!

    i am a biotechnology student and currently on research of plants on other planets! The main issue is the gravity of the planet! If we take mars as an example, the gravity present there is one third of earth! Even humans can’t walk on the surface! Plants do react with the gravity! It is their most reliable signal! So what can be the probability of plants on mars?

From what I remember of plants grown on the ISS, I think that their adaptations to gravity on Earth allowed them to structurally grow more or less the same in weightlessness.  That means that plant adaptations to gravity on Earth serve as exaptations in no or lesser gravity. 

Exaptations are "traits, features, or structures of an organism or taxonomic group that takes on a function when none previously existed or that differs from its original function which had been derived by evolution."

They no longer need the same or any gravity to have the same approximate structure if you grow plant clones but through selectively breeding in different gravity it might be another story.

I think so Edinburgh university has a course on astrobiology. You can check that out. And try astriology courses on Coursera also!!

Where to answer the question which was asked in ask an astrobiologist episode: 35??

Will someonw answer my question ??

Hi Amaan. I'm sorry, but I'm not seeing your question from before. Would you mind asking again?

Pls tell me how I can be a Astrobiologist . I am from India my age is 16 studying in class 11th . I want to be a Astrobiologist . I am very curies about the space and searching for people like us in the galaxay . But in India there no scope for astrobiology here what should do ?? 

Pls reply to my question 

Hi Amaan. We will happily do our best to answer your questions, but please do understand that all of us have busy lives and families and cannot immediately answer your questions. If you ask a question, it can take as much as a few days before we have a moment to respond, so please be patient (we reserve the right to block people from the site if they act impatient with our experts or act disrespectfully in the chats).

In answer to your question, astrobiology is a growing realm in India! The Amity Centre of Excellence in Astrobiology and Astrobiology India (which are both associated with Blue Marble Space) are great examples of growing interest in astrobiology in your nation. While it might seem like there aren't as many opportunities in astrobiology there, I promise that the interest in astrobiology is growing and I personally believe we will soon lots of opportunities for astrobiology in India. That said, here is a list of other ways to learn about careers and opportunities in astrobiology that might be helpful for you:

Here are some Career Path Suggestions from NASA Astrobiology:

This is an older blog post on becoming an astrobiologist from Sanjoy Som:

We have a table with some resources in astrobiology on SAGANet, including some online programs:

There are a few really awesome courses on Coursera worth checking out, if possible:

Of course, I'd love for you to watch and ask questions through Ask an Astrobiologist. Our next episode is tomorrow at 10:00 Pacific Time and will feature a conversation about Mars and the Perseverance rover:

Finally, you may wish to sign up for the BMS Insider. It's a newsletter that I compose each month and sometimes includes links to various internships and classes and other opportunities:



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