What is happening
To address questions like ‘What is life?’, ‘Where is it?’ and ‘How do we find it?’, the discipline of astrobiology begins its search on Earth. By studying life from Earth we can find many clues about where else life as we know it can exist. Hopefully one day we will also answer the big question on how life occurred. Spaceward Bound is an astrobiology expedition. It starts with a team of NASA scientists (astrobiologists, educators) who travel to a location of interest for astrobiology to learn more about its significance.
You can see here previous Spaceward Bound expeditions. They include the US, Canada, Namibia, the UAE, and Australia.
The NASA team pairs up with teachers and scientists from the country of destination. The teachers and scientists are learning first hand from those who are currently advancing this field, but also make their own contributions to the field of astrobiology research. Scientific papers are sometimes published after finalizing the research programme, and everyone who contributed to the research work is included as co-author.
If you are a student who has dreamed to become space scientist, attending a Spaceward Bound expedition is your chance to meet people like you and network.
If you are a teacher, then you can use astrobiology to inspire students to pursue science. With Spaceward Bound you can bring astrobiology to your classroom and become involved in outreach activities. You can also create resources for the classroom or develop and discuss current ones, learning through doing and dialog.
Spaceward Bound alumni can participate in further expeditions as they take place around the world.