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Containing ET
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: Despite stringent restrictions, international regulations do allow for living terrestrial organisms to be sent to Mars – and for martian rocks that may contain life to be returned to Earth. In this exclusive Astrobiology Magazine interview, NASA´s acting planetary protection officer, Dr. Cassie Conley, explains how it could be done.

Forecasting Earth-Like Worlds
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Future missions like COROT, KEPLER, and DARWIN should find Earth-like exoplanets. In this interview from Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition, Franck Selsis, an astrophysicist specializing in planetary atmospheres, explains how we can learn if any of those alien worlds contain life.

Keeping It Clean
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: The job of a planetary protection officer is to make sure that humans don´t contaminate other worlds, and that Earth is kept safe from the potential harmful effects of extraterrestrial life. For NASA, that job is currently held by Dr. Cassie Conley. Astrobiology Magazine recently interviewed Conley to find out what she actually does.

Life's Slimy Beginnings
Topic: Geology
Summary: From Astrobiology Magazine, European Edition is a podcast interview with Frances Westall of the Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire in France. She discusses her search for traces of life in the Earth´s most ancient rocks, and explains how fossilized microbial mats provide information about life´s slimy beginnings.

Dust-busting, Lunar Style
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: As NASA makes plans to send humans back to the moon, this time to live and work for extended periods of time, one of the most vexing problems they may be faced with is dust. To explore the potential problems, the NASA Engineering and Safety Center held a Lunar Dust Workshop.

What Lies Beneath
Topic: Mars
Summary: There's a lot of ice beneath the surface of Mars, and some believe there could be liquid water as well. NASA and European Space Agency spacecraft are now using ground-penetrating radar to peek under the martian soil. In this interview, Jeff Plaut discusses the latest findings of ESA´s MARSIS radar.

Modeling Other Earths
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Of the more than 200 extrasolar planets found so far, most are not rocky worlds like the Earth. That doesn´t mean Earths are rare – we just don´t have the technological ability to detect their subtle signatures. In this interview, Barrie Jones discusses why astrobiologists can expect to find many Earth-like planets someday.

Radio Astrobiology: Intelligent Forms
Topic: Alien Life
Summary: Welcome to Radio Astrobiology, the podcast of Astrobiology Magazine. Join us as Simon Conway Morris discusses the forms life may take as it becomes increasingly complex and intelligent.

Radio Astrobiology: Considering Convergence
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Welcome to Radio Astrobiology, the podcast of Astrobiology Magazine. Join us as Simon Conway Morris discusses how convergent evolution has affected the development of life on Earth, and perhaps elsewhere in the universe.

Primordial Stone Soup
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: Stromatolites may look like stones, but these structures are created by communities of microoganisms. In this interview, Janet Siefert describes how modern stromatolites can help us learn more about ancient life on Earth, and possibly even life on other worlds.
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