Faint Echoes, Distant Stars

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Zondervan, Oct 13, 2009 - Science - 352 pages
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Our neighboring planets may have the answer to this question. Scientists have already identified ice caps on Mars and what appear to be enormous oceans underneath the ice of Jupiter's moons. The atmosphere on Venus appeared harsh and insupportable of life, composed of a toxic atmosphere and oceans of acid -- until scientists concluded that Earth's atmosphere was eerily similar billions of years ago.

An extraterrestrial colony, in some form, may already exist, just awaiting discovery.

But the greatest impediment to such an important scientific discovery may not be technological, but political. No scientific endeavor can be launched without a budget, and matters of money are within the arena of politicians. Dr. Ben Bova explores some of the key players and the arguments waged in a debate of both scientific and cultural priorities, showing the emotions, the controversy, and the egos involved in arguably the most important scientific pursuit ever begun.

 

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Contents

The Path to Astrobiology
5
The Path to Life on Earth
57
Opportunistic Tenacious Life
98
Lifes Impact on Planet Earth
112
Life in the Solar System
125
Exploring Mars
135
Hotworlds and False Assumptions
155
The Realm of the Giants
167
An Agenda for the Future
271
The Apocalypse to Come
285
Refractors and Reflectors
291
Natures Alchemy
297
Deaths Calling Card
304
The Nitrogen Fix and Israel
306
Charles Darwin
308
Glossary
311

The Realm of Ice
190
Life Beyond the Solar System
205
The Heartbreak of SETI
229
UFOs Abductions and Ancient Astronauts
255
Bibliography
315
Index
321
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Dr. Ben Bova has not only helped to write about the future, he helped create it. The author of more than one hundred futuristic novels and nonfiction books, he has been involved in science and advanced technology since the very beginnings of the space program. President Emeritus of the National Space Society, Dr. Bova is a frequent commentator on radio and television, and a widely popular lecturer. He has also been an award-winning editor and an executive in the aerospace industry.

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