(not in technical use) exobiology.

1950–55; astro- + biology

astrobiological [as-troh-bi-uh-loj-i-kuhl] , adjective Unabridged
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astrobiology (ˌæstrəʊbaɪˈɒlədʒɪ)
the branch of biology that investigates the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe

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astrobiology   (ās'trō-bī-ŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
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a multidisciplinary field dealing with the nature, existence, and search for extraterrestrial life (life beyond Earth). Astrobiology encompasses areas of biology, astronomy, and geology.

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Astrobiology is a relatively new science concerned with the frequency and
  nature of life in the universe.
Read day-by-day accounts of the expedition and learn more about the emerging
  science of astrobiology.
That's what's fascinating to the astrobiology community.
While the answer to that question will have to wait, in the meantime you can
  bone up on the nascent field of astrobiology.
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