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Search for Life Beyond the Solar System 2014 Conference. (Conference website:

Scientists from around the world exchange ideas on space exploration at Oro Valley conference

by Tom Beal, Arizona Daily Star, 23 March, 2014

The search for habitable planets is a complicated business, and the quest to image them is beyond the reach of current technology.

Searching for signs that they might actually be inhabited is an even tougher prospect.

At a weeklong conference in Oro Valley, “Search for Life Beyond the Solar System: Exoplanets, Biosignatures and Instruments,” about 200 astrobiologists from around the world proposed a variety of techniques for finding and verifying candidates, but cautioned that the search for life on other planets is just getting started.


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