a branch of biology concerned with the discovery or study of life on the celestial bodies
1941 Astronomical Society of the Pacific Leaflets Jan. 333
The subject of astrobiology—the consideration of life in the universe elsewhere than on earth—is one that has been so often and so inadequately treated that the immediate and natural tendency of an experienced reader is to expect another bit of pseudo-scientific romancing.
In view of the widespread acceptance of the theory that the dark areas of Mars…may be vegetative growths, their study and interpretation would then belong to a new science of astrobiology, a branch that is calling out for recruits.
Correlation of the Martian Canal Network in Astounding Science Fiction Mar. 86/2
To capture the public interest, the events ranged from conferences (four, one of them by Mr. Flavio Pereira, an expert on flying saucers and astrobiology) to the re-run of old SF movie pictures.
Sao Paulo Letter in Amazing Stories Sept. 136/2
2004 Asimov’s Science Fiction June 140/2
Astrobiology is still an infant science, and one aware of its need for something concrete to study.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific leaflet #143
Research HistoryBill Mullins submitted a January 1941 cite from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Leaflet #143.
Earliest cite in the OED was from 1955
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