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Title All these worlds are yours : the scientific search for alien life / Jon Willis.
Author Willis, Jon (College teacher)
Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
Description xi, 214 pages ; 22 cm
Call # 576.839 W
Bibliography Includes bibliographic references (page 189-205) and index.
Contents Preface -- Alien extravaganza -- A universe fit for life? -- What on earth is life? -- A biological tour of our solar system -- Mars : the riddle in the sands -- Europa and Enceladus : life aquatic? -- Titan : nature's petrochemical plant -- Exoplanets : worlds without end -- The search for extraterrestrial intelligence -- The meaning of (alien) life?
Summary "Long before space travel was possible, the idea of life beyond Earth transfixed humans. In this fascinating book, astronomer Jon Willis explores the science of astrobiology and the possibility of locating other life in our own galaxy. Describing the most recent discoveries by space exploration missions, including the Kepler space telescope, the Mars Curiosity rover, and the New Horizons probe, Willis asks readers to imagine--and choose among--five scenarios for finding life. He encourages us to wonder whether life might exist within Mars's subsoil ice. He reveals the vital possibilities on the water ice moons Europa and Enceladus. He views Saturn's moon Titan through the lens of our own planet's ancient past. And he even looks beyond our solar system, investigating the top candidates for a "second Earth" in a myriad of exoplanets and imagining the case of a radio signal arriving from deep space. Covering the most up-to-date research, this accessibly written book provides readers with the basic knowledge necessary to decide where they would look for alien life."--Dust jacket.
Subject Exobiology.
Life on other planets.
Exobiology. (OCoLC)fst00918219
Life on other planets. (OCoLC)fst00998301
ISBN 9780300208696 (hardcover ; alk. paper) :
0300208693 (hardcover ; alk. paper)

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