About Us

Helen Matsos

Web Site Creator and Executive Editor

Astrobiology Magazine is a NASA-sponsored online popular science magazine. Our stories profile the latest and most exciting news across the wide and interdisciplinary field of astrobiology — the study of life in the universe. In addition to original content, Astrobiology Magazine also runs content from non-NASA sources in order to provide our readers with a broad knowledge of developments in astrobiology, and from institutions both nationally and internationally. Publication of press-releases or other out-sourced content does not signify endorsement or affiliation of any kind.

Established in the year 2000, Astrobiology Magazine now has a vast archive of stories covering a broad array of topics. These stories deal with issues that lie at the heart of many of the “Big Questions” asked by the scientific community, such as:


Henry Bortman

Expeditions Editor

  • What are the characteristics of the solar system that lead to the origins of life?
  • How did life begin and evolve on Earth, and has it evolved elsewhere in the solar system?
  • How did the solar system evolve to its current diverse state?
  • What is the impact of climate change on evolving biological systems?
  • What can we learn from Earth-analogue studies of extreme environments, organisms, and biosignatures?
  • Is there life elsewhere in the universe?

Over the years, as the search for life has become a central theme of NASA’s mission, Astrobiology Magazine has developed into a multi-faceted journal that investigates many areas of interest, including planetary sciences, Earth exploration, astrophysics, popular culture, and even science fiction. Rather than just focus on NASA science, Astrobiology Magazine is international in scope and reports on missions of other space agencies, as well as research conducted by various institutions, universities, and non-profit groups.


Aaron Gronstal

Features Editor

Astrobiology Magazine attracts a wide readership ranging from scientists to students to the general public, and is regularly visited by people in over 50 countries. Approximately 100 universities around the world have integrated AM directly into their teaching resource sections, including Caltech, Duke University, MIT, Harvard, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, UC Berkeley, Macquarie University (Sydney), University of Toronto, Open University (UK), Imperial College London, University of London Observatory, University of Aberdeen, Italian Astrophysical Institute, and Spain’s Centro de Astrobiologia.


Sunny Malik

Project Manager – Design, Development, & Maintenance

Astrobiology Magazine provides a reliable forum through which scientists and the general public can monitor, in an easily digestible form, the progress made in every field of study that has an impact on the broad science of astrobiology.