Strategies of Life Detection / Edition 1

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The search for life outside the Earth has been one of mankind's most challenging quests. We have reached a level in technology that allows for initial steps toward thorough scientific investigation. The aim of this workshop was to take an interdisciplinary look at the signatures that would be indicative of past or present life on another planet and compare them to biosignatures on Earth.
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“This is a collection of papers from the International Space Science Institute workshop … . The book is well laid out, with uniformity in style, clear tables and illustrations, several of which are in colour. … Each paper has an abstract and a full set of references. … this book is likely to grace the shelves of university libraries and specialists in astrobiology, but it is of interest to anyone with a strong fascination … . I certainly recommend it.” (Barrie W. Jones, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 51 (4), 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441945938
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Series: Space Sciences Series of ISSI , #25
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 0.80 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword.- Towards a Definition of Life: The Impossible Quest?.- Infrared Spectroscopy of Solar-System Planets.- Extraterrestrial Organic Matter and the Detection of Life.- Astrobiology and Habitability of Titan.- An Approach to Searching for Life on Mars, Europa, and Enceladus.- Accretion, Trapping and Binding of Sediment in Archean Stromatolites—Morphological Expression of the Antiquity of Life.- Biogenerated Rock Structures.- Morphological Biosignatures in Early Terrestrial andExtraterrestrial Materials.- Gene Transfer and the Reconstruction of Life’s Early History from Genomic Data.- Molecular Biosignatures.- Fossil Lipids for Life-Detection: A Case Study from the Early Earth Record.- Chirality and Life.- Multiple-Sulphur Isotope Biosignatures.- Stable Isotope Ratios as a Biomarker on Mars.- Viking Biology Experiments: Lessons Learned and theRole of Ecology in Future Mars Life-Detection Experiments.- Morphological Biosignatures from Subsurface Environments: Recognition on Planetary Missions.- Exploration of the Habitability of Mars: Development of Analytical Prools for Measurement of Organic Carbon on the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory.- Urey: Mars Organic and Oxidant Detector.- Raman Spectroscopy—A Powerful Tool for in situ Planetary Science.- Protein Microarrays-Based Strategies for Life Detection in Astrobiology.- On the “Galactic Habitable Zone”.- Earthshine Observation of Vegetation and Implication for Life Detection on Other Planets.- Searching for Signs of Life in the Reflected Light from Exoplanets: ACatalog of Nearby Target Stars.- Exoplanet Transit Spectroscopy and Photometry.- Future Space Missions to Search for Terrestrial Planets.- “Strategies of Life Detection”: Summary and Outlook.

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