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This page provides links to research literature and useful articles from past and current astrobiology-related work that applies or considers AI/ML tools. Where possible brief synopses or highlights of the referenced material are provided as a guide to the user, it is not intended as an exhaustive catalog but is regularly updated and can be used as a jumping off point to guide future work.

Contents are cross-linked to other AI-Astrobiology resources where appropriate and sorted into the following categories:

This artist illustration shows a blue planet on the right, with its small, glowing red star in the lower left. Between them is another planet, a tiny white crescent in the distance.

Exoplanetary Science

Hubble image of NGC 3749 galaxy

Spectroscopy & Composition

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover used its Mastcam-Z camera to shoot video of Phobos, one of Mars' two moons, eclipsing the Sun.

Life Detection & Biosignatures

Members of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover team watch in mission control as the first images arrive

Modeling & Simulation

This release features a composite image of a pulsar wind nebula, which strongly resembles a ghostly purple hand with sparkling fingertips. A pulsar is a highly magnetized collapsed star that rotates and creates jets of matter flowing away from its poles. These jets, along with intense winds of particles, form pulsar wind nebulae. Here, the pulsar wind nebula known as MSH 15-52 resembles a hazy purple cloud set against a black, starry backdrop. Both NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) have observed MSH 15-52. Their observations revealed that the shape of this pulsar wind nebula strongly resembles a human hand, including five fingers, a palm and wrist. The bright white spot near the base of the palm is the pulsar itself. The three longest fingertips of the hand-shape point toward our upper right, or 1:00 on a clock face. There, a small, mottled, orange and yellow cloud appears to sparkle or glow like embers. This orange cloud is part of the remains of the supernova explosion that created the pulsar. The backdrop of stars was captured in infrared light.

Exploration Science