The NASA Astrobiology Institute: early history and organization.

  title={The NASA Astrobiology Institute: early history and organization.},
  author={Baruch S. Blumberg},
  volume={3 3},
  • B. Blumberg
  • Published 2003
  • Engineering, Medicine
  • Astrobiology
The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) was established as a means to advance the field of astrobiology by providing a multidisciplinary, multi-institution, science-directed program, executed by universities, research institutes, and NASA and other government laboratories. The scientific community and NASA defined the science content at several workshops as summarized in the NASA Astrobiology Roadmap. Teams were chosen nationwide, following the recommendations of external review groups, and the… Expand
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  • Astrobiology
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  • Engineering, Medicine
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Russian) Address reprint requests to: Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg Fox Chase Cancer Center 7701 Burholme Avenue Philadelphia
  • Russian) Address reprint requests to: Dr. Baruch S. Blumberg Fox Chase Cancer Center 7701 Burholme Avenue Philadelphia
  • 1949
Astrobiology Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • Astrobiology Astronomical Society of the Pacific
  • 1941
E-mail: bs_blumberg@fccc
  • E-mail: bs_blumberg@fccc
Shige Abe. I am indebted to them for all the contributions they made. ABBREVIATIONS ARC, Ames Research Center; CAN, Cooperative Agreement Notice; HQ, Headquarters; NAI
  • NASA Astrobiology Institute; NAS, National Academy of Science