What is the origin of life? Does it exist on other worlds? These two cosmological questions have captivated human curiosity for as long as we have had the capacity to wonder. These are questions that unify us. But for most of our history, our conversations and explorations of these ideas have been imaginative, cultural, and philosophical; they have not been grounded in evidence or testable hypotheses. For most of us, questions about our origins or life beyond Earth seem more at home in science fiction books and movies than in academic journals or laboratories. That is changing. With the last decades’ ever-increasing paces of research and knowledge generation in biochemistry, physics, aerospace engineering, planetary science, astronomy, and a host of other fields, these ancient questions that push the limits of our humanity are becoming scientifically tractable and central to the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology. Scientists and students at Georgia Tech are on the verge of answering them.
Many of the world leaders in astrobiology research are Georgia Tech faculty, and recent discoveries by Georgia Tech scientists have raised the possibilities of life on Mars and Europa. Expertise in chemical evolution, origins chemistry, planetary science, etc. are collected on this Atlanta campus. We seek to bring these researches together with scholars