About the SSA

View from Curiosity. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Motivation for Creating the SSA

Astrobiology is an emerging, interdisciplinary science that addresses some of the most far-reaching questions ever asked. As telescopes peer into distant galaxies, interplanetary missions scour our Solar System, and scientists on Earth uncover extreme environments, the field is gaining momentum with a wealth of new data and ideas. Given astrobiology's growing profile, a new learned society aimed at enhancing global astrobiology collaborations will be an important catalyst for future scientific breakthroughs. The goal of the SSA is to provide a forum for connection, collaboration, and proliferation of astrobiology research. The SSA is dedicated to interdisciplinary science that engages chemists, geologists, biologists, planetary scientists, and astronomers in the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the Universe. The SSA will build a community that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion, and invests in early-career members. The SSA will be a voice for the astrobiology community that seeks to interface with the public and with policy makers to enhance astrobiology’s value and impact within US national funding agencies and broader space exploration.

The SSA was incorporated as a non-profit organization within the State of California in May 2022.  The current bylaws of the society can be found here

Sunset on Mars. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Texas A&M/Cornell

SSA Goals

Image credits:  NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI; Joseph DePasquale (STScI), Anton M. Koekemoer (STScI), Alyssa Pagan (STScI).

In 1 year, the SSA aims to...

Image Credits: ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM

In 3 years, the SSA aims to...

Uranus and its moons as seen by JWST.  Image Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI. Image processing: J. DePasquale (STScI)

In 5 years, the SSA aims to...