Space Science & Astrobiology Division

The Space Science and Astrobiology Division at NASA Ames Research Center conducts research and mission-related activities that are structured around the study of the origins and evolution of stars, the interstellar medium, planetary systems, and life on Earth and (perhaps) elsewhere. These address some of the most fundamental questions pursued by science, involving our place in the universe; questions that have been asked by humans since the dawn of time.

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NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) hosts the 18th Small Bodies Assessment Group (“SBAG”) within the Ames Conference Center (Building 152), 17–18 Jan 2018. The SBAG was established by NASA to identify scientific priorities and opportunities for the exploration of asteroids, comets, interplanetary dust, small satellites, and Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs). […]

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White House Event: Exploring Space in the President’s Place — Abstract: Jennifer Heldmann (SST) participated in the White House event “Exploring Space in the President’s Place” at the request of NASA HQ / SMD / Mars Exploration Program (MEP) on 27 October 2017. NASA was invited to present science & exploration activities to White House […]

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The Gemini 8-m telescope working on installing new instrument named “Alopeke”— Abstract:During the week of 22 November 2017, the NASA Ames “Alopeke instrument team spent days and nights atop 14,000 foot Mauna Kea in Hawaii. ‘Alopeke (meaning fox in Hawaiian) is a custom made imaging camera built for the Gemini-N 8-m telescope. […]

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Steve Howell (SS) organized and attended the “Know Thy Star, Know Thy Planet” meeting held last week in Pasadena. Sponsored by the NASA Exoplanet Archive, the meeting was attended by 170 astronomers from around the world. The meeting focus was on understanding the stellar astrophysics and fundamental properties of stars that host exoplanets. One big […]

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Key Meetings/ Event and Attendees Astrobiology is the study of life in the Universe. However, the only place in this vast cosmos that is known to host life is our own planet.  […]

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Tectonics on Pluto’s moon Charon On May 1st 2017, Icarus journal published a special issue focusing on science results of the New Horizons flyby of the Pluto system in July 2015. Several Ames-based researchers have published first-author studies within this issue. One such study is the investigation of the variety of extensional tectonic features that […]

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Sublimation as a landform-shaping process on Pluto On May 1st 2017, Icarus journal published a special issue focusing on science results of the New Horizons flyby of the Pluto system in July 2015. Several Ames-based researchers have published first-author studies within this issue. One such study is the investigation of sublimation as a landform-shaping process […]

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Geological Mapping of Sputnik Planitia on Pluto:  On May 1st 2017, Icarus journal published a special issue focusing on science results of the New Horizons flyby of the Pluto system in July 2015. Several Ames-based researchers have published first-author studies within this issue. One such study is the geological mapping of Sputnik Planitia, the giant […]

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