|Definition||a branch of biology concerned with the discovery or study of life on the celestial bodies|
|OED requirements||antedating 1941|
|Earliest cite||Astronomical Society of the Pacific leaflet #143|
|Comment||Bill Mullins submitted a January 1941 cite from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Leaflet #143.
Earliest cite in the OED was from 1955
|Last modified||6 July, 2008|
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|1941 Astron. Soc. Pacific Leaflets Jan. 333||The subject of astrobiology—the consideration of life in the universe elsewhere than on earth—is one that has been so often and so inadequately treated that the immediate and natural tendency of an experienced reader is to expect another bit of pseudo-scientific romancing.|