Astrophysics of Life: Proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland May 6-9, 2002

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This volume, based on a meeting held at the Space Telescope Science Institute, lays the astrophysical groundwork for locating habitable places in the Universe. Written by leading scientists in the field, it covers a range of topics relevant to the search for life in the universe, including extrasolar planet searches and properties; the history of the solar system; star and planet formation; the habitability of planets and search strategies.
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Review of the hardback: 'In such a fast developing field as planetary detection this volume rightly concentrates on the basics and will hence be of interest for a long time.' Spaceflight

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Table of Contents

1. A voyage from dark clouds to the early Earth P. Ehrenfreund, S. B. Charnley and O. Botta;
2. Galactic environment of the Sun and stars: interstellar and interplanetary material P. C. Frisch, H. R. Muller, G. P. Zank and C. Lopate;
3. Transits R. L. Gilliland;
4. Planet migration E. W. Thommes and J. J. Lissauer;
5. Organic synthesis in space S. A. Sandford;
6. The Vegetation Red Edge Spectroscopic Feature as a surface biomarker S. Seager and E. B. Ford;
7. Search for extra-solar planets through gravitational microlensing K. C. Sahu;
8. The galactic habitable zone G. Gonzalez;
9. Cosmology and life M. Livio.
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