Have you ever looked up at the night sky and thought, 'is there anybody out there?' The stars you see are the suns of other solar systems, each system with its own complex story of formation and evolution, perhaps leading to an environment where life can exist.
The Search for Life explores the possibility of other life in the Universe, from the prospect of ancient bacteria locked away in dried up lakebeds on Mars to the likelihood of contacting an interstellar civilisation on the far side of the galaxy. Delve into extra-terrestrial possibilities, from the first suggestions of alien life to cutting edge missions actively seeking to answer one of life's biggest questions – are we alone?
Hannah Banyard is an astronomer and science communicator with a passion for making complex scientific ideas accessible. Following a BSc in Astrophysics, she conducted astrobiology research during an MSc in Planetary Science before joining the Royal Observatory Greenwich. She believes the visibility of women in STEM roles is key to encouraging more diversity in the scientific community and regularly gives expert media appearances and talks.