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.

Code SS Highlights

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James Webb Space Telescope arrives at NASA JSC, to be tested by Ames SSA scientists this summer The James Webb Space Telescope Optical Telescope and Integrated Science instruments (JWST OTIS) shipped from NASA GSFC and arrived at NASA JSC on Sunday May 7. JWST will undergo cryogenic vacuum testing in the historic JWSC Chamber A […]

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  SOFIA Confirms Nearby Planetary System is Similar to Our Own, May 2, 2017 NASA’s flying observatory, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, recently completed a detailed study of a nearby planetary system. The investigations confirmed that this nearby planetary system has an architecture remarkably similar to that of our solar system. Located 10.5 […]

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Rover goes to Atacama for Life Search PSTAR A rover hosting a payload of life search instruments and a drill was put through its paces in Chile’s Atacama Desert by a collaboration of code S scientists, code TI roboticists, code R engineers, and instruments PIs from Ames, JPL, Goddard, John’s Hopkins, and Spain’s Centro de […]

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The Fifth Annual Space Science and Astrobiology Jamboree

The Jamboree is right around the corner!    A couple quick items: +  Today is the last day to register. Please email me if you plan to attend so I can ensure you have a name tag and abstract booklet at registration. +  The deadline for being able to order lunch from specialty’s is looming. If […]

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229th American Astronomical Society

The mission of the AAS is to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the Universe. One objective established by Council to help achieve this mission is to facilitate and strengthen the interactions among members through professional meetings and other means, including supporting our Divisions and others in the field. AAS Meeting Services provides comprehensive […]

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Space Science & Astrobiology Division Seminar

Beyond Kepler: Direct Imaging of Earth-like Exoplanets Dr. Ruslan Belikov, SSA Is there another Earth out there? Is there life on it? People have been asking these questions for over two thousand years, and we finally stand on the verge of answering them. The Kepler space telescope has already revealed that many stars have planets […]

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TIME story…err stories and now a podcast

In the past two code S staff meetings the astrobiology story in TIME magazine written by Jeff Kluger has been discussed. For those this hasn’t made it to or who may not subscribe to TIME, attached is the pdf of the story. Oh, but wait! There’s more During the reporter’s two-day thoughtfully curated visit to […]

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