Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie ...

And astrobiology?

In an effort to raise awareness of astrobiology research on the UW-Madison campus, members of the">Wisconsin Astrobiology Research Consortium (WARC) will set up interactive science stations and hand out "extremophile" trading cards prior to Friday night's Madison Mallards baseball game at Warner Park.

The gates open at 5:30 p.m., with the first pitch of the game slated for 7:05 p.m. The science stations will be staffed by WARC researchers until the game starts. The idea is to reach those who might not be inclined to attend an event that focuses on science.

Although the word "alien" might bring to mind thoughts of ET or little green men, some researchers at UW-Madison are examining Earth's oldest rocks and fossils for evidence of microbial life in outer space.

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