Astrobiology: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 2, 2013

byDavid C. Catling

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Astrobiology is the study of the origin and development of life on this and other planets. What fascinates people about astrobiology is that it seeks answers to long-standing unsolved questions: How quickly did life evolve on Earth and why did life persist here? Is there life elsewhere in theSolar System or beyond? The research of astrobiology has become more crucial than ever in recent decades, as biologists have discovered microbes that live in ever more extreme settings, such as bubbling hot springs, in acid, or deep within rocks. Rooted in strong and rigorous research, astrobiology incorporates the work ofmicrobiologists, geologists, and astronomers. In this Very Short Introduction, David C. Catling introduces the origins of astrobiology and demonstrates its impact on current astronomical research and potential future discoveries.

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Astrobiology is the study of the origin and development of life on this and other planets. What fascinates people about astrobiology is that it seeks answers to long-standing unsolved questions: How quickly did life evolve on Earth and why did life persist here? Is there life elsewhere in theSolar System or beyond? The research of astr...

David Catling is a Professor of Earth and Space Sciences. After a doctorate at the University of Oxford, he worked as a planetary scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center near San Francisco, from 1995-2001. In 2001, he was appointed as one of the world's first astrobiology professors at the University of Washington in Seattle. From 200...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.07 inPublished:October 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. What is astrobiology?2. From stardust to planets, the abodes for life3. Origins4. From slime to sublime5. Life: a genome's way of making more and fitter genomes6. Life in the solar system7. Far-off worlds, distant suns8. Controversies and prospects