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What would you ask a NASA astrobiologist?

NASA Senior Astrobiologist David Morrison might have the answers you seek about Mars, exoplanet discoveries, the Mayan Apocalypse, and more.

Have you ever wondered how likely it is that we will find life -- in any form -- somewhere other than Earth?  How about the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere in the galaxy? NASA's Ask an Astrobiologist site might have the answers you seek.

Image credit: NASA.gov

Fielding approximately five questions a week, from questions like those in my opening paragraph to questions about the 2012 doomsday hoaxes, NASA Senior Astrobiologist David Morrison certainly has his work cut out for him. Legitimate questions are on topics such as Mars (pictured at right), global warming, habitability of Earth as the Sun changes over time, exoplanet discoveries, and asteroid tracking. Unfortunately, the largest number of questions answered (and, I'm assuming, asked) recently are doomsday-related, which is a shame because the multitude of topics that could be addressed are lost in the deluge of "the end of the world" panic. Fortunately, the site contains a search feature that makes it possible to find an answer on a topic that interests you. Ask an Astrobiologist has been fielding questions since October 2001 and contains more than 2,000 answered questions, even on topics that aren't necessarily related to astrobiology.

What question would you ask Dr. David Morrison? Head over to the site and ask away, and then share it with us in the comments section.

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6 comments
warboat
warboat

I know the Moon is made of cheese, so what is Mars made of?

sparent
sparent

Carl Sagan hypothesized that the universe could have lifeforms not based on carbon. Is that likely?

seanferd
seanferd

That would be the first one I'd ask.

Wally Bahny
Wally Bahny

Problem is: is that a good question?