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The Search for Life as a Guidepost to Scientific Revolution

Whitepaper #187 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: life and prebiotic organics

Published onMar 18, 2021
The Search for Life as a Guidepost to Scientific Revolution

The planetary science community should embrace the search for life as a prime organizing science principle of the decadal survey. The discovery of life beyond Earth, particularly in the form of extant life within the solar system, would be a discovery of such significance that it would be a discontinuity in human knowledge — a scientific revolution.


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