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  • Page extent: 364 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.732 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521824507 | ISBN-10: 0521824508)

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  • Published July 2005

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How did life begin on Earth? Is it confined to our planet? Will humans one day be able to travel long distances in space in search of other life forms? Written by three experts in the space arena, this book aims to answer these and other intriguing questions.


Preface; Part I. The Imperative of Exploration: 1. Exploration as a metaphor; Part II. How Can We Know Life?: 2. The molecular basis of life on Earth; 3. The limits to life; 4. The transfer of life between planets; 5. What are the signatures of life?; 6. After the discovery/life as a cosmic phenomenon; Part III. The Search for Life Beyond Earth: 7. The prospects for long-duration human space-flight; 8. Human exploration and the search for life; 9. Interplanetary ethics; Part IV. The Cosmic Biological Imperative: 10. The key technologies for human planetary exploration; 11. Exploration in space; 12. Exploration in time; 13. Prediction, imagination and the role of technology; Part IV. Our Cosmic Destiny: 14. Our cosmic destiny; Appendices; Index.


"The authors of Looking for Life, Searching the Solar System have pooled their expertise to produce an accurate, up-to-date and highly readable survey of the field." New Scientist

"...a new perspective on the material, and hence is a valuable addition to the astrobiology canon...the book is an informative and well-written account of astrobiology from the perspective of a contribution from human exploration of the Solar System...the subject is certainly worthy of the thorough treatment it is given here." - The Obervatory, Monica Grady

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