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U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Astrobiology: The Search for Biosignatures in our Solar System and Beyond
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
2318 Rayburn House Office Building
The purpose of this hearing is to examine astrobiology research and the search for biosignatures in our Solar System and beyond. The hearing will include a general assessment of the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of astrobiology research, including the role astrobiology plays in formulating NASA space missions. It will also examine the techniques and capabilities necessary to determine the potential for the existence of biosignatures within our Solar System. With the discovery of potential Earth-like planets outside of our Solar System, the hearing will also investigate what methods are being used to determine if any of these planets may harbor life. The hearing will explore existing and planned astrobiology research strategies and roadmaps.
Dr. Mary Voytek, Senior Scientist for Astrobiology in the Science Mission Directorate at
Dr. Sara Seager, Professor of Physics and of Planetary Science at M.I.T. and 2013 recipient
of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” for her work in exoplanet research
Dr. Steven J. Dick, Baruch S. Blumberg Chair of Astrobiology, John W. Kluge Center,
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