This course will provide an accessible overview of current space research and astrobiology missions searching for evidence of life beyond Earth. In addition to putting astrobiology science and technology in context, we’ll also discuss challenging real-world issues involving policy, ethical, theological, and societal implications of a possible discovery of ET. Far-out thinkers welcome!
Dr. Margaret Race works with NASA and the SETI Institute, emphasizing the science and policy aspects of ET searches and ensuring that missions do not inadvertently bring terrestrial microbes into space and vice versa. With a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, she has taught at Stanford and was an assistant dean in Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources and a science policy analyst in UC’s Office of the President.