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9780521124546

Looking for Life, Searching the Solar System

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521124546

  • ISBN10:

    0521124549

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-10
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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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, Looking for Life, Searching the Solar System aims to answer these and other intriguing questions. Beginning with what we understand of life on Earth, it describes the latest ideas about the chemical basis of life as we know it, and how they are influencing strategies to search for life elsewhere. It considers the ability of life, from microbes to humans, to survive in space, on the surface of other planets, and be transported from one planet to another. It looks at the latest plans for missions to search for life in the Solar System, and how these are being influenced by new technologies, and current thinking about life on Earth.

Table of Contents

Preface
The Imperative of Exploration
Exploration as a metaphor
How Can We Know Life?
The molecular basis of life on Earth
The limits to life
The transfer of life between planets
What are the signatures of life?
After the discovery/life as a cosmic phenomenon
The Search for Life Beyond Earth
The prospects for long-duration human space-flight
Human exploration and the search for life
Interplanetary ethics
The Cosmic Biological Imperative
The key technologies for human planetary exploration
Exploration in space
Exploration in time
Prediction, imagination and the role of technology
Our Cosmic Destiny
Our cosmic destiny
Appendices
Index
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