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Life on Earth -- and Beyond

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Is there life beyond Earth?

NASA astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay has searched the earth's most extreme environments on his quest to understand what factors are necessary to sustain life.

Pamela S. Turner offers readers an inside look at Dr. McKay's research, explaining his findings and his hopes for future exploration both on Earth and beyond. Behind-the-scenes photos capture Dr. McKay, his expeditions, and the...

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Overview

Is there life beyond Earth?

NASA astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay has searched the earth's most extreme environments on his quest to understand what factors are necessary to sustain life.

Pamela S. Turner offers readers an inside look at Dr. McKay's research, explaining his findings and his hopes for future exploration both on Earth and beyond. Behind-the-scenes photos capture Dr. McKay, his expeditions, and the amazing microbes that survive against all odds.

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Astrobiologists can't travel to extraterrestrial locations for their research-yet-so they make do with extreme environments on Earth. To learn how life might survive on Mars and beyond, NASA scientist Chris McKay travels to remote areas-Antarctica, western Chile, north Africa and Siberia-searching inside frozen rocks, under baking sand, under the ice of a frozen lake, through cores of permafrost and high in the atmosphere for living organisms here on Earth. Turner expertly weaves background into her text, adding sidebars when necessary for the reader's understanding, and includes a chapter on McKay's background and training and relevant maps. With humor and attention-getting details, she makes clear the difficulties of scientific work in the field and the way researchers cooperate. Well-reproduced photographs, many credited to McKay himself, document his work, showing the harsh environments, the living arrangements and scientists on the job. Turner (Gorilla Doctors, 2005) has provided a perspective on space exploration that is both down to earth and out of this world. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580891332
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition description: New
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 620,362
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.97 (w) x 10.39 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Pamela S. Turner is the author of HACHIKO: THE TRUE STORY OF A LOYAL DOG (Houghton Mifflin), and GORILLA DOCTORS: SAVING ENDANGERED GREAT APES (Houghton Mifflin), an ALA Notable book. She lives in Oakland, California.

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