Ann Grand, Lecturer in Astrobiology Education, interviews Shonil Bhagwat, Professor of Environment and Development, on the intersections between his work on environment and international development and astrobiology.Read now ❯Astrobiology from the ground up
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Surviving as communities
Ann Grand, Lecturer in Astrobiology Education, interviews Dr Sevasti Filippidou, a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with AstrobiologyOU, on her research looking at microbial life and ecologies in extreme environments and how microbes adapt and survive.Read now ❯Surviving as communities
The possibility of water on Mars has captured human imagination for over a century. In this free course, The Search for Water on Mars, find out more about how scientists have found evidence for water in the red planet’s past and present, and what this might mean for the possibility of life beyond Earth.Learn more ❯The search for water on Mars
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Planetary Protection: Space Governance and the Search for Life
What is planetary protection? This article explores the policies and legislative action of forwards and backwards contamination.Read now ❯Planetary Protection: Space Governance and the Search for Life
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Diary of a Mars operations day
Dr Susanne P. Schwenzer outlines a day in the life of the operations team for the Mars rover, Curiosity.Read now ❯Diary of a Mars operations day
As NASA’s Perseverance rover gears up for its mission to collect and test rock samples from the Jezero Crater on Mars, Michael Macey talks about his work, what got him started in this area of research and where he hopes it will go with Ann Grand (Lecturer in Astrobiology Education).Read now ❯What can Earth tell us about Mars?
How can scientific and technological innovations solve global problems, and how can they be used inclusively? Devyani Gajjar explores…Read now ❯Can Space Technologies solve the Sustainable Development Goals?
Zoe Morland, a PhD student in The School of Physical Sciences, looks at Phobos - one of Mars' moons and how space agencies are going to investigate its composition.Read now ❯Phobos – an asteroid masquerading as a moon of Mars?
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is about to land on the red planet. In this short video, our OU academics explain their role in the remarkable mission.Watch now ❯Dr Manish Patel and Dr Stephen Lewis on Landing on Mars
Discover how asteroids and microbes flying through space could hold the secret to life on Earth - and maybe even MarsWatch now ❯60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: Life on Mars
What Cassini taught us about Saturn's moons is a start. We look back at its amazing journey, and Monica Grady argues we should now be thinking about sending the next probe.Watch now ❯As Cassini reaches the end, we should prepare the next mission
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What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?
Discoveries of volcanoes on the surface of the Red Planet suggests that life could once have been supported there. Dave Rothery explains how.Read now ❯What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?
Yesterday, space scientists announced the discovery of a star that is being orbited by seven Earth-like planets. Here's Dave Rothery with what you need to know.Watch now ❯What do we know about the seven Earth-like planets?
Loss of the Mars lander from its recent probe is diappointing, but the search for life on Mars goes on.Read now ❯What missing lander means for Europe’s quest to find life on Mars
In this 3 minute video, Dr Matt Balme in The Open University's Space Science research priority area, gives us a tour of his laboratory and shows how he models the landscape of Mars.Watch now ❯Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars
How does Surrealism relate to Freud? What does Freud have to do with the Prisoner's dilemma? Josie Long takes you on a whistle-stop tour and finds the connections between Surrealism, Psychoanalysis, Game Theory, Nuclear Fission and microbes that may have played a key role in the origins of life.Watch now ❯360 Degrees of Separation
The new discipline of astrobiology that is, the science of searching for extraterrestrial life, is not only rapdly growing, but has also captured the public imagination. This free course, Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere, examines the emergence of icy satellites of distant planets as potential sites of extraterrestrial life, looks at the potential for life on Jupiter's moon Europa, and speculates on the ethics of searching for life elsewhere in the solar system.Learn more ❯Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere
This free course, An introduction to exoplanets, introduces our galaxy's population of planets, and some of their many surprises. It explains the methods used by astronomers to study exoplanets, and provides a general introduction to the methods of scientific inquiry. The course culminates in discussion of life elsewhere in our Galaxy.Learn more ❯An introduction to exoplanets
You can find out more about Astrobiology at The Open University on the AstrobiologyOU website.