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Acknowledgements


The NASA Macquarie University Pilbara Education Project team had many participants, but the core team, who visited the Pilbara and created the project over the more than two years of development, were as follows (in alphabetical order):


Image:Geoffrey_Bruce.jpg Geoffrey Bruce, formerly NASA Learning Technologies, NASA Ames Research Center, California

Image:Jenny_Fergusson.jpg Jennifer Fergusson, formerly Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre, Macquarie University, Australia, and now Lead Educator on the Pathways to Space: Empowering the Internet Generation project with the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Image:Tom_Gaskins.jpg Tom Gaskins, NASA Learning Technologies, NASA Ames Research Center, California

Image:carol_oliver.jpg Carol Oliver, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Astrobiology, University of New South Wales, Australia. She is also Project Director for the Australian Space Research Program project Pathways to Space: Empowering the Internet Generation, which will open at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, in February, 2011.


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Rhodri Evans, University of Glamorgan, also visited Australia twice, participated in the early development of the project, and facilitated testing in Welsh schools.


We would like to thank the Australian Federal Government for an Australian Schools Innovation in Science, Technology and Maths grant of $119,500 and NASA for engaging with us at a number of NASA Centers and Headquarters during the course of the project.


We would particularly like to thank Neal Newman, NASA Attache to Australia, who assisted in the negotiation of the associated NASA Space Act Agreement and has always been a willing and able friend and colleague throughout.


Our thanks to The NASA Astrobiology Institute, which was instrumental in opening doors to enable this international collaboration to begin.


We would like to thank these organisations and people who have significantly assisted the project during the course of its development.


Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Macquarie University, Australia: Prof Malcolm Walter, Adrian Brown, Abby Allwood, Stefan Leuko, Phil Butterworth, Andrew Simpson, Lilit Pogosian, and the encouragement and support from other staff and students.

Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre, Macquarie University, Australia: Prof John Hedberg, Mike Johnson, visiting teachers Megan Welch, Ami Madden and Daniel McLachlan, and the encouragement and support from other staff members.

Geological Survey of Western Australia: Martin Van Kranendonk, Kath Grey, Tim Griffen, Roger Hocking, Arthur Hickman and a number of other staff who gave their time and effort.

NASA Goddard, Dr Daniel Laughlin; Kennedy Space Center, Theresa Schroeder; NASA Ames Research Center, Patrick Hogan, Randy Kim, Chris Maxwell, Dr Bruce Runnegar, Dr Rose Grymes, Krisstina Wilmoth, Daniella Scalice, Brad BeBout; NASA Headquarters, Dr Shelley Canright, Tammy Rowan and Garvey McIntosh. Our thanks to NASA Deputy Administrator, Fred Gregory, for inspiring Australian students by visiting us at Macquarie University in August, 2005.

Beckman Institute, University of Illinois: Glenn Fried, Ben Grossman, Chas Conway and all the rest of the team who helped make Virtual Lab the amazing tool that it is.

University of Glamorgan: Prof Mark Brake and all of the team at the Centre for Astronomy and Science Education

New South Wales State Government: Our thanks to Mr Bob Carr,MP, who as Premier officially launched the project in 2004, and to Mr Frank Sartor,MP, Minister for Science.

SETI Institute, California: Dr Seth Shostak for his pictures, words and support and to all those at the SETI Institute who offered their support and advice during the course of the project.

Pilbara Field Trip participants: These participants, not mentioned elsewhere in these acknowledgements, significantly provided their time and effort - Dr Jack Farmer (Arizona State University); Dr Paul Knauth (Arizona State University); Dr Hiroshi Omoto (Penn State University); Dr Roger Summons (MIT); and Dr Craig Marshall, (University of Sydney).

Passport to Knowledge television company: Geoffrey Haines-Stiles for kindly allowing us use of footage shot during the Pilbara Field Trip, July 2005

Macquarie University Information Technology Services: Our thanks to the staff for offering advice and help, and in setting up this wiki site for us.

Macquarie University Public Relations: Our thanks to the staff who have helped with publicity and provided encouragement throughout the project.


Last, but not least, our thanks to the hundreds of high school students and their teachers, in Australia and the UK, who participated in the testing of elements of the project mid-way in development and therefore helped shape this project.

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Introduction

Context

Early Life

Evidence

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