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Life Beyond Earth : The Search for Habitable Worlds in the Universe, Hardback Book

Life Beyond Earth : The Search for Habitable Worlds in the Universe Hardback


What is life and where can it exist? What searches are being made to identify conditions for life on other worlds?

If extraterrestrial inhabited worlds are found, how can we explore them?

In this book, two leading astrophysicists provide an engaging account of where we stand in our quest for habitable environments, in the Solar System and beyond.

Starting from basic concepts, the narrative builds scientifically, including more in-depth material as boxed additions to the main text.

The authors recount fascinating recent discoveries from space missions and observations using ground-based telescopes, of possible life-related artefacts in Martian meteorites, extrasolar planets, and subsurface oceans on Europa, Titan and Enceladus.

They also provide a forward look to future missions.

This is an exciting, informative read for anyone interested in the search for habitable and inhabited planets, and an excellent primer for students in astrobiology, habitability, planetary science and astronomy.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 296 pages, 32 Plates, color; 100 Halftones, unspecified; 20 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Solar system: the Sun & planets
  • ISBN: 9781107026179



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