What is the origin of life? Does it exist on other worlds? These two cosmological questions have captivated human curiosity for as long as we have had the capacity to wonder. These are questions that unify us across disciplines and schools at Georgia Tech and beyond. For most of our history, our conversations and explorations of these ideas have been imaginative, cultural, and philosophical. They have not been grounded in evidence or testable hypotheses. For most people, questions about our origins or life beyond Earth seem more at home in science fiction books and movies than in academic journals or laboratories. That is changing. With the last decades’ ever-increasing paces of research and knowledge generation in biochemistry, physics, aerospace engineering, planetary science, astronomy, and a host of other fields, these ancient questions that push the limits of our humanity are becoming scientifically tractable and central to the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology. Scientists around the world are on the verge of answering these questions, and many of them are at Georgia Tech. See below for faculty in EAS.

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