astrobiology

noun
as·​tro·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ˌas-trō-(ˌ)bī-ˈä-lə-jē \

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astrobiologist \-​(ˌ)bī-​ˈä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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Cockell is a professor of astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh. Charles S. Cockell, WSJ, "The Limits of Extra-Terrestrial Freakiness," 7 June 2018 The mission will act as a vital link in China’s burgeoning network of robotic spacecraft around and on the moon while also performing novel scientific experiments that could lead to new discoveries in cosmology, astrophysics and astrobiology. Leonard David, Scientific American, "Comsat Launch Bolsters China's Dreams for Landing on the Moon's Far Side," 22 May 2018 Abigail attends Wellesley College, double majoring in astrobiology and Russian. Kristen Bobst, Teen Vogue, "Aspiring Astronaut Abigail Harrison Wants to be the First Person on Mars," 27 Apr. 2018 One idea being explored in astrobiology is whether some prebiotic organic molecules could have been delivered to Earth by meteorites or dust grains. Luba Ostashevsky, Ars Technica, "How did life begin? It’s Chemistry 101, but in space," 26 Feb. 2018 Last semester, 25 students took Guinan's class on astrobiology, about the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. Author: Kenneth Chang, Anchorage Daily News, "If we ever get to Mars, the beer might not be bad," 13 Jan. 2018 Last semester, 25 students took Dr. Guinan’s class on astrobiology, about the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "If We Ever Get to Mars, the Beer Might Not Be Bad," 12 Jan. 2018 There’s more reason to believe the astrobiology push is a permanent fixture of NASA’s vision for its future. Neel V. Patel, Slate Magazine, "NASA Is Pivoting to Astrobiology," 21 Dec. 2017 But more importantly, the selection of these two missions, over 12 others, is key evidence that NASA is pivoting its science missions toward astrobiology. Neel V. Patel, Slate Magazine, "NASA Is Pivoting to Astrobiology," 21 Dec. 2017

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1898, in the meaning defined above

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astrobiology

noun
as·​tro·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \-(ˌ)bī-ˈäl-ə-jē \
plural astrobiologies

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