Life on Earth-- and Beyond: An Astrobiologist's Quest

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Charlesbridge Publishing, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 109 pages
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Is there life beyond Earth?

NASA astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay has searched the earth's most extreme environments on his quest to understand what factors are necessary to sustain life.

Pamela S. Turner offers readers an inside look at Dr. McKay's research, explaining his findings and his hopes for future exploration both on Earth and beyond. Behind-the-scenes photos capture Dr. McKay, his expeditions, and the amazing microbes that survive against all odds.
 

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Between a Rock and a Cold Place The Dry Valleys Antarctica
13
Evolution of a Scientist The Mars Underground
27
Is Life Liquid? Atacama Desert Chile
41
Rip Van Microbe Siberia Northern Russia
51
Mother of All Deserts The Sahara Northern Africa
63
Life Under Ice Lake Hoare Antarctica
79
A Rose for the Red Planet
93
Life on Earthand Beyond
99
Resources
103
Acknowledgments
105
Photo Credits
106
Index
107
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Is there life beyond Earth? NASA astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay has searched the earth's most extreme environments on his quest to understand what factors are necessary to sustain life. Pamela S. Turner offers readers an inside look at Dr. McKay's research, explaining his findings and his hopes for future exploration both on Earth and beyond. Behind-the-scenes photos capture Dr. McKay, his expeditions, and the amazing microbes that survive against all odds.

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