Astrobiologists Try to 'Follow the Water to Life'

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Science  26 Apr 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5568, pp. 647-648
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5568.647

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIFORNIA-- Water unified most of the talks heard by more than 700 astronomers, biologists, chemists, geologists, planetary scientists, and even virologists at the biannual Astrobiology Science Conference held 8 to 11 April here at NASA's Ames Research Center. Among the topics raised within the cavernous 60-meter-high Hangar One--which once housed a pre-World War II Navy dirigible--were the liquid milieu in which the first cells may have formed and the effects of water and ice on an Arctic impact crater.