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Astrobiology: The Story of our Search for Life in the Universe

Through fantastic original artwork and a compelling storyline, this series of graphic history books chronicles the origin and evolution of astrobiology itself. Produced by the NASA Astrobiology Program, the series began in 2010 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Exobiology and Astrobiology at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.



Issue 1: The Origin of a Science
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Issue 1 traces the roots of Astrobiology from early cave paintings, through speculations of ancient Greek philosophers on the existence of other worlds, to contributions from more modern scientists such as Huygens, Galileo, Oparin, Haldane, Miller, Urey, Franklin, Watson, Crick, and Sagan. It goes on to explain how shortly after NASA was created in 1958, the NASA Exobiology Program, a research program supporting the search for life beyond Earth, came along. It would eventually morph into the Astrobiology Program in the mid-90’s.

 

Concept & Story
Mary Voytek, Linda Billings, Aaron L. Gronstal

Artwork
Aaron L. Gronstal

Script
Aaron L. Gronstal

Editor
Linda Billings

Layout
Jenny Mottar
Credit: Aaron L. Gronstal/NASA Astrobiology Program  

 



Issue 2: Missions to Mars
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Issue 2 chronicles the ups and downs of our exploration of Mars. There were early successes, followed by NASA’s first foray into life-detection with Viking. After Viking, many countries struggled to get missions to Mars. But in the '90s saw a return to form, with many successes. The story concludes with exciting missions to come in 2011 and beyond.

Concept & Story
Mary Voytek, Linda Billings, Aaron L. Gronstal

Artwork
Aaron L. Gronstal

Script
Aaron L. Gronstal and Leslie Mullen

Editor
Linda Billings

Layout
Jenny Mottar

Special thanks to Daniella Scalice and Michael Meyer

 

Credit: Aaron L. Gronstal/NASA Astrobiology Program  


Issue 3: Missions to the Inner Solar System
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Issue 3 chronicles the multitude of missions that have explored the region of our solar system that rests inside the asteroid belt. Mars is not the only location in the Solar System that interests astrobiologists. From Mercury to Venus, from asteroids to comets, there are many objects near the Sun that can help astrobiologists understand life's potential in the Universe.

Concept & Story
Mary Voytek, Linda Billings, Aaron L. Gronstal

Artwork
Aaron L. Gronstal

Script
Aaron L. Gronstal

Editor
Linda Billings

Layout
Jenny Mottar

Special thanks to Leslie Mullen and Daniella Scalice

 

Credit: Aaron L. Gronstal/NASA Astrobiology Program  

Issue 4: Missions to the Outer Solar System
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Issue 4 features the many missions that have traveled to locations in the outer Solar System. There are many mysteries for astrobiologists in the cold, dark expanse beyond the asteroid belt. Gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn are not habitable, but many of their moons raise important questions about life's potential far, far away from the warmth of the Sun.

Concept & Story
Mary Voytek, Linda Billings, Aaron L. Gronstal

Artwork
Aaron L. Gronstal

Script
Aaron L. Gronstal

Editor
Linda Billings

Layout
Jenny Mottar

Special thanks to Leslie Mullen and Daniella Scalice

 

Credit: Aaron L. Gronstal/NASA Astrobiology Program  

Issue 4: Missions to the Outer Solar System
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Also available is the digital version of The Amazing Adventures of AstrobioBot! This original series for Astrobiology Magazine was the first produced as part of Astrobio Comics Presents!. This digial book collects Series 1 and Series 2 of AstrobioBot, and tells the tale of an exploration mission - all through the eyes of a little robotic instrument and his journey to becoming a full-fledged Astrobiology adventurer

Concept & Story
  Aaron L. Gronstal & Leslie Mullen

Artwork
Aaron L. Gronstal

Layout
Jenny Mottar & Karyn Traphagen

 

Credit: Aaron L. Gronstal/Astrobiology Magazine
 
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