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Life on Earth and Other Planetary Bodies


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Pathways to Life on Earth and Other Planetary Bodies; Joseph Seckbach
Introduction; Emeritus Giora Shaviv
Terestrial Halophylies, Evaporite Environments and The Search for Life on Mars; Roberto Barbieri and Nunzia Stivaletta
Vescicular Basalts as a Niche for Microbial Life; Barbara Cavalazzi, Frances Westall and Sherry L. Cady
Seti: Assessing Imaginative Proposals; Stephen P. Cook
Molecules Between the Stars; Nick Cox
Prokaryotic Communities Below Planetary Surfaces and Their Involvement In The Nitrogen Cycle; Friedrich W. Gerbl, Gerhard W. Weidler, Angelika Breitfuss, Marion Dornmayr-Pfaffenhuemer and Helga Stan-Lotter
Extrasolar Planets; Eike W. Guenther
Life Without Water: The Sleeping Chironomid and Other Anhydrobiotic Invertebrates and Their Utilization in Astrobiology; Oleg Gusev And Takashi Okuda
Habitability and Cosmic Catastrophes; Arnold Hanslmeier
Glaciopanspermia: Seeding the Terrestrial Planets with Life? Joop M. Houtkooper
Chemical Evolution In Primeval Seas; Kamaluddin
Terrestiral Analogues for Early Planetary Oceans: Niuafo`Ou Caldera Lakes (Tonga) and their Geology, Water Chemistry and Stromatolites; Stephan Kempe and Jozef Kazmierczak
Comparison of Environment Types with Liquid Water on Mars; Akos Kereszturi
Criteria of Possible Habitability of Earth-Like Exoplanets; Leonid V. Ksanfomality
Origin of the Genetic Code and Abiotic Synthesis of Organic Compounds; Zita Martins
Dynamical Aspects for the Earth's Habitability; Elke Pilat-Lohinger
A Dynamic Scheme to Assess Habitability of Exoplanets; Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Abel Mendez, Alberto G. Fairen, Philip Von Paris, Carol Turse, Grayson Boyer, Alfonso F. Davila, And Marina Resendes De Sousa Antonio
Astrobiology of Titan; Michael Simakov
The Likelihood of Halophilic Life in the Universe; Helga Stan-Lotter, Sergiu Fendrihan, Marion Dorn-Mayr-Pfaffenhuemer, Tatjana K. Polacsek, Andrea Legat, Anita K. Holzinger, Michael Groesbacher And Andreas Weigl
Production of Dormant Stages and Stress Resistance of Polar Cyanobacteria; Daria Tashyreva and Josef Elster
Can the Evolution of Multicellularity be Anticipated in the Exoploration of the Solar System? H. P. De Vladar and J. Chela-Flores
Antarctica as Model for the Possible Emergence of Life on Europa; Suman Dudeja, Aranya B. Bhattacherjee and Julian Chela Flores
The Likelihood of Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life; Rob Hengeveld
The Astrobiological Potential of Polar Dunes on Mars; Akos Kereszturi, Szaniszlo Berczi, Andras Horvath, Tamas Pocs, Andras Sik And Szathmary Eoers
Life in Earth's Lava Caves: Implications for Life Detection on Other Planets; Diana E. Northup, Jennifer J.M. Hathaway, Jessica R. Snider, Monica Moya, Matthew G. Garcia, Maria L.N. Enes Dapkevicius, Cristina Riquelme Gabriel, Fred D. Stone, Michael N. Spilde, And Penelope J. Boston
Life in the Saturnian Neighborhood; Athena Coustenis, F. Raulin, Georgios Bampasidis And Anezina Solomonidou


From the reviews:

"A collection of articles about life, habitability and astrobiology, that should find a place on everyone's reading-list who's interested in the possibility of extraterrestrial life and the quickly evolving field of astrobiology and search for exoplanets and naturally also SETI. ... it's definitely a fascinating book. The best part about the book might be that you get to know some of the objects of the Solar system a lot more from the habitability aspect." (Kadri Tinn,, March, 2014)

"Rich in subject matter, this book is exceptionally broad in its coverage of the evolutionary boundary between inorganic and organic matter. ... Figures, diagrams, and color photos are well chosen. ... Extensive references follow each chapter. This book will appeal to astronomers, chemists, and biologists as well as practicing astrobiologists who wish to explore the current extent of research and thinking in this new field. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above." (W. E. Howard III, Choice, Vol. 50 (9), May, 2013)

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