archive: [Fwd: FYI: SETI-related legislation]

[Fwd: FYI: SETI-related legislation]

Paul Fischer ( paul.fischer@cwusa.com )
Tue, 25 May 1999 22:59:20 -0400

"Holloway, Julia, CTR, OSD/C3I" wrote:

> NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION AUTHORIZATION ACT OF 1999, 18
> May 99
>
> SECTION 215. LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
>
> Sectional analysis and recommendation
>
> Section 215 directs the Administrator to make arrangements for the National
> Academy of Sciences to review international efforts to determine the extent
> of life in the universe and enhancements that can be made to NASA's efforts
> to determine the extent of life in the universe. The review is to look at
> NASA's astrobiology initiatives within the Origins program and other
> entities' initiatives, including the Search for Extraterrestrial
> Intelligence Institute. The review is also to include recommendations about
> possible enhancements to NASA's initiatives and possible coordination or
> integration of NASA's initiatives with those of outside entities.
>
> Committee views
>
> NASA is concurrently running two initiatives related to the search for life
> in the universe. Its Origins program is a broad effort to look for other
> places in the universe with conditions that appear to be amenable to
> supporting life. Its astrobiology programs focus more on the mechanics of
> life itself as opposed to the environment in which it is created. Progress
> in one initiative has the potential to assist research in the other
> initiative. The recent debate over evidence of microbial life on Mars and
> the possibility that Jupiter's moon Europa is covered with oceans capable of
> sustaining life are just some of the recent developments in these areas.

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