Astrobiology: Future Perspectives

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P. Ehrenfreund, W.M. Irvine, T. Owen, Luann Becker, Jen Blank, J.R. Brucato, Luigi Colangeli, Sylvie Derenne, Anne Dutrey, Didier Despois, Antonio Lazcano, Francois Robert
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 5, 2006 - Science - 518 pages
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Astrobiology, a new exciting interdisciplinary research field, seeks to unravel the origin and evolution of life wherever it might exist in the Universe. The current view of the origin of life on Earth is that it is strongly connected to the origin and evolution of our planet and, indeed, of the Universe as a whole.

We are fortunate to be living in an era where centuries of speculation about the two ancient and fundamental problems: the origin of life and its prevalence in the Universe are being replaced by experimental science. The subject of Astrobiology can be approached from many different perspectives. This book is focused on abiogenic organic matter from the viewpoint of astronomy and planetary science and considers its potential relevance to the origins of life on Earth and elsewhere.

Guided by the review papers in this book, the concluding chapter aims to identify key questions to motivate future research and stimulate astrobiological applications of current and future research facilities and space missions. Today’s rich array of new spacecraft, telescopes and dedicated scientists promises a steady flow of discoveries and insights that will ultimately lead us to the answers we seek.

 

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Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter
8
Organic Molecules in the Interstellar Medium
17
Chapter
18
Chapter 3
32
Chapter 4
67
Chapter 5
97
F Cataldo
127
Chapter 11
267
F Selsis
287
F Westall
317
Chapter 14
332
Chapter 15
359
O Botta
392
R Saladino C Crestini F Ciciriello G Costanzo R Negri
415
Astrobiology in the United States 445
444

Chapter 7
149
The Molecular Complexity of Comets 179
178
Chapter 9
205
Chapter 10
244
Chapter 19
467
A Brack G Horneck and D WynnWilliams
476
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