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Dec. 14, 1999

Kathleen Burton

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

(Phone: 650/604-1731, 650/604-9000) kburton@mail.arc.nasa.gov


NOTE TO EDITORS 99-83AR

ASTROBIOLOGY SYMPOSIUM TO FOCUS ON SEARCHING FOR LIFE

Renowned astrobiologists will discuss recent progress in searching for life in the universe at a two-day Astrobiology Symposium Dec. 15-16 at the Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., San Francisco, CA. Press registration will be held in the Moscone Press Room, MC Room 111.

Sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. (PST) on Dec. 15 in MC-Room 131 with introductory remarks by Dr. Michael Meyer, NASA's program manager for astrobiology. Formal sessions, which will conclude at noon, feature an overview of astrobiology by Dr. David Morrison, Director of Space, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, and a discussion of astrobiology and evolution by Ames researcher Dr. Linda Jahnke. An astrobiology poster session will be held at 1:30 p.m. in MC Hall D.

On Thursday, Dec.16 at 9:30 a.m., a press conference will be held to discuss "Astrobiology: Oxymoron No More," in MC Briefing Room, Room 112. Featured presenters will include:

  • Dr. Rocco Mancinelli, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, Mountain View, CA and NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.
  • Dr. Richard Greenberg, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Dr. Bruce Runnegar, Department of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

That afternoon, additional discussion sessions will be held from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. in MC Room 132. Several Ames researchers including Dr. Robert Wharton (polar environments for life) and Dr. Brad Bebout (microbial communities), will be featured. Astrobiology is the multi-disciplinary study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. Ames is NASA's lead center for astrobiology.

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