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Astrobiology -- Are We Alone in the Universe?: Got Life?
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The Drake Equation: 50 Years of Giving Direction to the Scientific Search for Life Beyond Earth In this issue of The Universe in the Classroom, learn about the Drake Equation and how for 50 years it has guided research in the search for life beyond Earth.
Astrobiology Graphic Novels Through fantastic original artwork and a compelling storyline, this series of graphic novels chronicles the origin and evolution of astrobiology itself. Each is available as a pdf or a mobile app.
Division of Planetary Sciences Slide Sets

Buried Mars Carbonates (PowerPoint) 1 page PDF
Possible `Water World' at 40 Light Years (PowerPoint), 1 page, PDF
An Ocean Below Enceladus' Icy Crust? (PowerPoint), 1 page, PDF
Methane in the Martian Atmosphere (PowerPoint), 1 page, PDF
This four-slide powerpoint by the Division of Planetary Science includes basic information for college-level introductory courses.


Images
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From Earth to the Solar System (FETTSS) This collection of high resolution images showcases the beauty and excitement of planetary exploration -- our journey to understand the origin and evolution of the Solar System, and our search for life elsewhere. FETTSS is freely available to organizations worldwide. You can download the high-resolution images for free, and print and display however many you choose, wherever you choose, and in any format you choose!
Astronomers Detect First Organic Molecule on an Exoplanet (Artist's Concept) A team of astronomers has made the first detection ever of an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized planet orbiting another star. The breakthrough is an important step in eventually identifying signs of life on a planet outside our solar system.
Cassini Images of Enceladus View a variety of the global and closeup images of Saturn's ice-covered moon, Enceladus.


Video
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Launchpad: Curiosity Goes to Mars Find out why Curiosity is the best name for the largest rover ever sent to another planet. Learn about the challenges of landing on a planet with an atmosphere and the geology and chemistry questions scientists hope to answer with instruments on the Mars Science Laboratory.
Launchpad: Astrobiology Are we alone in the Universe? Where do we come from? Join NASA in the search for answers to these and many more questions about life in our solar system. Learn how astrobiologists use what we know about Earth to investigate Titan, Europa and other far-off worlds.
Astrobiology Lectures The SETI Institute has a variety of recorded presentations from their weekly colloquiums on astrobiology.
NAI Seminars NASA Astrobiology Institute has recorded presentations from their director's seminar series.
Earth-Size Planets and Intelligent Life This is a recording of Dr. Geoff Marcy's public lecture on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
ChemCam People's Videos Team members for the ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover have created videos describing the science, the mission, and Mars.
Finding Life Beyond Earth This NOVA special is available online, along with links to other videos and educational resources.


Podcasts
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Naked Astrobiology Podcasts This series of podcasts by Astrobiology Magazine runs the gamut from "Life's Slimy Beginnings" to "Intelligent Forms."
A ChemCam Conversation ChemCam is part of the Mars Science Laboratory instrument suite onboard NASA's Curiosity rover. The night before launch, the Lunar and Planetary Institute's Andy Shaner sat down with ChemCam science team members Jen Blank (astrobiologist), Nathan Bridges (planetary scientist), and Nina Lanza (geologist) for a ChemCam conversation.
Life on Titan After describing Saturn's large moon, the evidence for liquid lakes, volcanism, and life in discussed. Life on Titan, if it exists, would probably be completely unlike terrestrial life and so be Life 2.0.
Cool Stars Have Different Mix of Life-Forming Chemicals It's life, Jim, but not as we know it! Well, at least the building blocks of life. A new study from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope hints that planets around stars cooler than our sun might possess a different mix of potentially life-forming chemicals.
Estimating the Chances of Life Out There Dr. Drake provides a modern update on estimates for the existence of "E.T." He draws on new ideas and new observations (including the discovery of surprising planets around other stars), which have helped astronomers refine both the targets where they search for life and the methods they use.


Animation
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Comparative Life Zones of Stars (without text) (with text) This animation compares the habitable zone of cool stars, hotter stars and sun-like stars.
Curiosity Rover Trailer This animation shows the major mission events of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars.
Curiosity Animations Curiosity's Mars landing is currently scheduled for August 5, 2012, 10:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. The entry, descent and landing (EDL) animations as well as many other Mars-related animations and videos are available for download in multiple formats.


Interactives
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Extreme Planet Makeover This new multimedia, web-based interactive game from NAI's Virtual Planetary Laboratory team and JPL's Planet Quest gives you the opportunity to create your own planet by varying parameters such as star type, distance from star, planet size, and planet age. Descriptions of how each parameter might affect habitability on the planet are given, and a picture of the planet you create can be downloaded.
Alien Safari Check out some of the most bizzarre and extreme organisms ever found on Earth.
Drake Equation How many planets out there could support life? Use the Drake Equation to find out.
Be a Martian Either join the site or tour as a visitor; sections include the citizen science Mars map room, postcards for Spirit, videos of "The Martians," vote on questions relevant to the Martian community, and tour a Mars atlas.
Europa-Sim Pilot a hydrobot through Europa's deep dark ocean in search of life clues.
Saturn Moons Explorer: Enceladus This site includes a video overview of Enceladus, a 3D globe, and more.
Discovering Planets Beyond: Alien Atmospheres Investigate the requirements for life, Hubble's atmospheric exploration, and how the Hubble Space Telescope sees into atmospheres.
Looking for Life Life comes in all shapes and sizes. See if you can recognize life in these images!
Listening for Life Play back these sounds and see if you can decide which are natural and which aren't.


Networks
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Solar System Ambassadors The Solar System Ambassadors is a nation-wide network of volunteers who are trained to communicate the excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and recent discoveries to people in their local communities.
Museum Alliance The Museum Alliance is a network of museums, science centers, planetariums, observatories, parks, NASA visitor centers, nature centers, zoos, and aquariums that bring current NASA science and technology to their visitors through professional development of their staff and access to NASA staff, content and materials.
NASA Nationwide NASA Nationwide: A Consortium of Formal and Informal Education Networks is a program that brings together several volunteer networks by creating an online community and shared resources which broaden the member networks' base of support and provide opportunities for these volunteer groups to coordinate, cooperate, and collaborate with each other.
Night Sky Network This site can connect you to amateur astronomy clubs, events, a night sky planner, and more.

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