This accreditation, which is part of the State Sub-Programme for Institutional Strengthening, recognises the relevance of the cutting-edge scientific research carried out at CAB and its international leadership in the field of space sciences.
Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) is a joint research center of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC
) and the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA
). Created in 1999, it was the world’s first center dedicated specifically to astrobiological research and the first non-US associate member of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (now the NASA Astrobiology Program
). It is an interdisciplinary research center whose main objective is to study the origin, presence and influence of life in the universe.
Scientists specialising in a wide range of fields such as biology, chemistry, geology, physics, genetics, ecology, astrophysics, planetology, engineering, mathematics and computer science work at the centre. Since its creation it has stood out for the high quality of its scientific results, its ambitious strategic programmes and the dissemination of its results. This has made it a leading international multidisciplinary centre, which in 2017 was distinguished by the Ministry of Science and Innovation as a “María de Maeztu” Unit of Excellence.
CAB has led the development of the REMS
instruments, three environmental stations operating on Mars since August 2012, November 2018 and February 2021, respectively; as well as the science of the RLS
Raman instrument, which will be sent to Mars in 2022. In addition, since its inception, the center has been developing the SOLID
instrument, aimed at the search for life in planetary exploration. Likewise, CAB participates in different missions and instru,ments of great astrobiological relevance, such as CARMENES
, the MIRI and NIRSpec instruments at JWST
and the HARMONI
instrument at ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).
The programme, endowed with five hundred thousand euros per year for four years, will strengthen our scientific-technical capacities and promote synergies thall operational on Marsat attract resources and increase research potential at international level for the period 2018-2021.
CAB is also a member of the SOMMa
, which brings together Spanish cutting-edge research centres and units.
List of María de Maeztu Units and Severo Ochoa Centres