Posted May 08, 2018 06:11:02I am the latest in a long line of scientists who are looking to get involved in the search for extraterrestrial life.
I have spent years in the space industry, first as a commercial crew member on the International Space Station, and then as an astronaut.
In the last decade I have worked on some of the most ambitious planetary missions in human history, including the Kepler space telescope and the Mars 2020 rover.
In my new book, My Astronaut’s Journey: From Astronaut to Astrobiologist, I discuss how my career path has led me to the position of being a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
I want you to be able to read that book and be inspired by the life lessons I’ve learned, from the challenges I’ve faced, and the discoveries I’ve made along the way.
This interview was recorded on April 25, 2018.
I received my undergraduate degree in geophysics at the CU Boulder School of Mines in 1982, and my Ph.
D. in astrophysics from Harvard in 1997.
After leaving Harvard, I spent the next two decades at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, working on the Curiosity rover, which is currently roving Mars.
After finishing my Ph at the Harvard-affiliated school, I completed my undergraduate thesis at Harvard, where I focused on the development of computer models of planetary atmospheres and solar systems.
In 1999, I became a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
From 1999 to 2010, I was a member of the faculty of the Harvard Observatory in Cambridge, MA.
I have been a planetary astronomer since 1988, when I joined the International Astronomical Union’s Committee on the Status of Exoplanets.
In 2008, I joined a faculty committee led by my old graduate student and now fellow astrophysicists, Steven Pinker and James Randi.
At the time, I had just completed my Ph in astrophysiology and my PhD in planetary physics.
I had no formal training in astronomy before becoming a planetary astrobiologist in 2008.
In 2010, after my appointment as chair of the committee, I went on a long expedition into the solar system, and we discovered more than 3,000 exoplanets, which were the planets we know about.
The discovery of planets outside our solar system has provided an unprecedented window into the universe, and has revolutionized our understanding of how life arose on Earth.
Since then, I have had the honor of teaching graduate students and graduate students in astrophysical fields in astronomy, astrophysics, and planetary science, and have worked closely with faculty at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Southwest Research Institute, the Harvard/MIT Center for Astrophysics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrobiology, the California Institute of the Arts, and many other institutions.
In 2013, I moved to Boulder to lead the SETI program at the Institute for Advanced Study, where we search for signals from extraterrestrial intelligence.
I also worked with a group of colleagues at the SETi Institute and at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Research Center, which built and operates the largest array of high-resolution telescopes in the world.
Since we have been successful in finding signals, I believe we will be able eventually to find signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.
We know that life forms exist on planets, in our solar neighborhood, in interstellar space, and in space between stars.
Our understanding of these types of worlds is advancing rapidly, but there are still a number of unknowns, including how they might behave, how they may evolve, and what their composition may be.
As a result, it is difficult to say whether life exists on all these planets, or only a handful.
I think the answer lies in understanding how they form.
As a planet hunter, I am excited to lead a research program focused on answering the questions that will inform the development and characterization of alien life.
As part of this work, I will have the opportunity to investigate the origins of life and its evolutionary history.
I will also be exploring the nature of exoplanet atmospheres.
In my career, I developed a broad portfolio of research and teaching interests, including: cosmology, exoplanetary astronomy, astronomy and astrophysics; astrophysics and astrophysical research; astrophysical and cosmological theories and applications; and astrobiology.
I am particularly interested in the history of the cosmos and its relationship to the universe and our own home planet.
I am also interested in exploring the relationship between our solar systems and the cosmos.
The two systems are intimately intertwined, but it is my hope that I will be contributing to a better understanding of the universe as a whole.
As I work on these important issues, I hope to contribute to a broader understanding of our universe, one that better reflects the diversity of