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Frontiers of Astrobiology

By: Chris Impey (Editor), Jonathan Lunine (Editor), José Funes (Editor)

300 pages, 65 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Nov 2012 | #199618 | ISBN-13: 9781107006416
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Astrobiology is an exciting interdisciplinary field that seeks to answer one of the most important and profound questions: are we alone? In Frontiers of Astrobiology, leading international experts explore the frontiers of astrobiology, investigating the latest research questions that will fascinate a wide interdisciplinary audience at all levels. What is the earliest evidence for life on Earth? Where are the most likely sites for life in the Solar System? Could life have evolved elsewhere in the Galaxy? What are the best strategies for detecting intelligent extraterrestrial life? How many habitable or Earth-like exoplanets are there? Progress in astrobiology over the past decade has been rapid and, with evidence accumulating that Mars once hosted standing bodies of liquid water, the discovery of over 500 exoplanets and new insights into how life began on Earth, the scientific search for our origins and place in the cosmos continues.


Part I. Introduction: Introduction and welcome Cardinal Ljolo
1. Astrobiology – a new synthesis J. Baross and C. Impey

Part II. Origins of Planets and Life
2. Towards a theory of life S. Benner and P. Davies
3. Terran metabolism: the first billion years S. Copley and R. Summons
4. Planet formation S. Raymond and W. Benz

Part III. History of Life on Earth
5. The early Earth F. Westall and F. Selsis
6. Evolution of a habitable planet J. Kasting and J. Kirschvink
7. Our evolving planet: from dark ages to evolutionary renaissance A. Knoll and E. Gaidos

Part IV. Habitability of the Solar System
8. Early Mars – cradle or cauldron? A. Azua-Bustos, R. Pierrehumbert and R. Vicuña
9. Large habitable moons: Titan and Europa A. Coustenis and M. Blanc
10. Small habitable worlds J. Castillo-Rogez and J. Lunine

Part V. Exoplanets and Life in the Galaxy
11. Searches for habitable exoplanets S. Seager
12. Review of known exoplanets C. Lovis and D. Minniti
13. Characterizing exoplanet atmospheres G. Tinetti
14. If you want to talk to ET, you must first find ET J. Tarter and C. Impey


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