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Looking for life, searching the solar system

Author: Paul Clancy; A Brack; G Horneck
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©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, 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
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Clancy; A Brack; G Horneck
ISBN: 0521824508 9780521824507
OCLC Number: 57574490
Description: x, 352 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: The imperative of exploration --
How can we know life and its origin? --
Life in the search for life beyond the Earth --
The cosmic biological imperative --
Our cosmic destiny.
Responsibility: Paul Clancy, André Brack and Gerda Horneck.
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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 these ideas 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 to 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 plans are being influenced by new technologies, and current thinking about life on Earth. This fascinating and broad-ranging book is for anyone with an interest in the search for life beyond our planet."--Jacket.

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