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Title
Life beyond Earth Life beyond Earth :
Type
Text
Language
English
Illustrative Content
illustrations
Classification
LCC: QB54 .C686 2013 (Source: dlc)
DDC: 576.8/39 full (Assigner: dlc)
Identified By
Lccn: 2013033843
Content
text (Source: rdacontent)
Summary
"What is life and where can it exist? What searches are being made to identify conditions for life on other worlds? If extraterrestrial inhabited worlds are found, how can we explore them? In this book, two leading astrophysicists provide an engaging account of where we stand in our quest for habitable environments, in the Solar System and beyond. Starting from basic concepts, the narrative builds scientifically, including more in-depth material as boxed additions to the main text. The authors recount fascinating recent discoveries from space missions and observations using ground-based telescopes, of possible life-related artefacts in Martian meteorites, extrasolar planets, and subsurface oceans on Europa, Titan and Enceladus. They also provide a forward look to exciting future missions: including the return to Venus, Mars and the Moon; further explorations of Pluto and Jupiter's icy moons, and placing giant planet-seeking telescopes in orbit beyond Jupiter, showing how we approach the question of finding out whether the life that teems on our own planet is unique. This is an exciting, informative read for anyone interested in the search for habitable and inhabited planets, and an excellent primer for students in astrobiology, habitability, planetary science and astronomy"-- Provided by publisher.
Table Of Contents
Introduction
What is life and where can it exist?
Terrestrial planets and their diverging evolutions
Searching for habitable sites in the outer Solar System
A revolution in astronomy : the exploration of extrasolar planets
Extraterrestrial inhabited sites in the future.
Authorized Access Point
Coustenis, Athena. Life beyond Earth
Authorized Access Point Variant
Encrenaz, Thérèse, 1946- Life beyond Earth