Since the 1960s, the NASA programme has supported research into the exploration of life on other planets. Currently, their astrobiology programme involves multiple institutions and research programmes, including the NASA Astrobiology Institute.
Eugene Thacker is an author and associate professor of Media Studies at The New School in New York. Thacker is known for his work in philosophy, media theory, and the study of genre horror and science fiction. In addition to his writing on science and technology, Thacker has written on the work of Georges Bataille, E.M. Cioran, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Arthur Schopenhauer, H.P. Lovecraft, and medieval mysticism. Thacker’s most recent books are Horror of Philosophy and After Life. Thacker has given lectures at Ars Electronica, DEAF (Dutch Electronic Arts Festival), EMAF (European Media Art Festival), Humbolt Universität-Berlin, the Intermediae-Matadero (Madrid), the Next 5 Minutes festival (Amsterdam), SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture), the University of Basel, UC-Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and the University of Naples. Thacker also serves on the editorial boards for Ctheory, MIT Press, and Punctum Books.