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Related to exobiology: astrobiology, Xenobiology


The branch of biology that focuses on the search for extraterrestrial life and the conditions conducive to the development of life, often using the techniques of astronomy to make measurements or observations.

ex′o·bi′o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
ex′o·bi·ol′o·gist n.


(Biology) another name for astrobiology
ˌexobiˈologist n


(ˌɛk soʊ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi)

the study of the origin and evolution of life in the universe. Compare astrobiology.
ex`o•bi`o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
ex`o•bi•ol′o•gist, n.


the branch of biology that studies life beyond the earth’s atmosphere, as on other planets. — exobiologist, n.
See also: Planets
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.exobiology - the branch of biology concerned with the effects of outer space on living organisms and the search for extraterrestrial lifeexobiology - the branch of biology concerned with the effects of outer space on living organisms and the search for extraterrestrial life
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
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In 2012, he received a three-year, nearly $392,000 grant from the NASA Exobiology Program to study methanogens.
Task orders issued under the PAAC III Bridge contract provide critical support to a wide range of NASA's missions and projects including the James Webb Space Telescope; Magnetosphere Multi-scale Mission; Joint Polar Satellite System; Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites; Tracking and Data Relay Satellite; Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite II/Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System; Exobiology on Mars/Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer; Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer Visible and Infrared Spectrometer; Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR; and Deep Space Climate Observatory.
Dick (now former Historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has contributed an intriguing overview on NASA's exobiology program.
According to Khartov, the Lavochkin Association will cooperate with the European Space Agency on an exobiology program on Mars, with Russian companies planning to build the landing system for the program's second mission scheduled for 2018.