- Elon Musk
OAST is funded by the NASA Astrobiology Program. It is a project part of the Network for Life Detection (NFoLD); dedicated to understanding how ocean worlds and their biospheres co-evolve to produce detectable signals of a past or present living world.
NFoLD is a research network with many institutions that coordinate and focus on developing technologies and techniques for life detection on other worlds. With decades of research, they have expanded the understanding of habitability, the limits of life, and habitable environments on other planets and moons. NFoLD will broaden the horizon for research by generating and linking the life detection community, and paving the road for state of the art studies.
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