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Title An introduction to astrobiology / edited by David A. Rothery, Iain Gilmour, and Mark A. Sephton ; authors: Mahesh Anand, [and eight others]
Edition Third edition
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource (vi, 392 pages)
Contents Origin of life / Mark A. Sephton -- A habitable world / Iain Gilmour and Mahesh Anand -- Mars / Susanne P. Schwenzer, David A. Rothery and John C. Zarnecki -- Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere / David A. Rothery -- Titan / Manish R. Patel and John C. Zarnecki -- The detection of exoplanets / Andrew Conway and David A. Rothery -- The nature of exoplanetary systems / Barrie W. Jones and David A. Rothery -- How to find life on exoplanets / Barrie W. Jones -- Extraterrestrial intelligence / Andrew Conway
Summary How did life on Earth begin? How common is it elsewhere in the Universe? Written and edited by planetary scientists and astrobiologists, this undergraduate-level textbook provides an introduction to the origin and nature of life, the habitable environments in our solar system and the techniques most successfully used for discovery and characterisation of exoplanets. This third edition has been thoroughly revised to embrace the latest developments in this field. Updated topics include the origins of water on Earth, the exploration of habitable environments on Mars, Europa and Enceladus, and the burgeoning discoveries in exoplanetary systems. Ideal for introductory courses on the subject, the textbook is also well-suited for self-study. It highlights important concepts and techniques in boxed summaries, with questions and exercises throughout the text, with full solutions provided. Online resources, hosted at, include selected figures from the book, self-assessment questions and sample tutor assignments
Notes "In association with The Open University"--Title page verso
Vendor-supplied metadata
Subject Exobiology -- Textbooks
Life on other planets -- Textbooks
Extrasolar planets -- Textbooks
Extrasolar planets -- Detection -- Textbooks
Extrasolar planets.
Extrasolar planets -- Detection.
Life on other planets.
Genre/Form Textbooks.
Form Electronic book
Author Rothery, David A., editor
Gilmour, Iain, editor
Sephton, Mark A., editor
Anand, Mahesh, author
Open University, copyright holder
ISBN 9781108355162