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The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology is holding a full committee hearing today on the search for life beyond Earth. The hearing began at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) and you can watch it here, courtesy of the House.

From the Committee:

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a hearing titled, “Advances in the Search for Life.”

Hearing Purpose

The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 established “The search for life’s origin, evolution, distribution, and future in the universe,” as one of the national space program’s objectives. The hearing will survey recent breakthroughs in a variety of fields that contribute to astrobiology, such as the continued discovery of exoplanets and research efforts to understand life’s origin on Earth and in the lab.


  • Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
  • Dr. Adam Burgasser, Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego and UCSD Center for Astrophysics and Space Science; Fulbright Scholar 
  • Dr. James Kasting, Chair, Planning Committee, Workshop on the Search for Life Across Space and Time, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine,
  • Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University 
  • Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute

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