UH research team selected for NASA's Astrobiology study

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A research team from the University of Hawaii has been selected to study water and its relation to life in the universe.

The UH team is one of ten from universities across the country, selected by NASA as the newest members of the space's energy Astrobiology Institute in California.

The team will receive a five-year federal grant totaling $7 million.

U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye says all of Hawaii should be proud of the university.

"The selection of the UH team is a testament to the excellence and rigor of the university's science research and the contributions to astrobiology that UH can make," said Inouye.

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.