|Convener: John Robert Brucato | Co-convener: Felipe Gómez|
Astrobiology is the study whether present or past life exist elsewhere in the universe. To understand how life can begin in space, it is essential to know what organic compounds were likely to have been available, and how they interacted with the planetary environment. Understanding how the planetary environment has influenced the evolution of life and how biological processes have changed the environment is an essential part of any study of the origin and search for signs of life. Major Space Agencies identified planetary habitability and the search for evidence of life as a key component of their scientific missions in the next two decades. The development of instrumentation and technology to support the search for complex organic molecules and the survivability of life in space environments is critical to define unambiguous approaches to life detection over a broad range of planetary environments.
This session welcomes abstracts from several scientific domains such as prebiotic and interstellar chemistry, micropaleontology, limits of life, habitability, and biosignature detection.