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Astrobiology; physical origin, biological evolution, and spatial distribution.

9781607412908

Astrobiology; physical origin, biological evolution, and spatial distribution.

Ed. by Simon Hegedus and Jakob Csonka.

Nova Science Publishers

2010

219 pages

$129.00

Hardcover

Space science, exploration and policies

QH326

In a series spanning black holes to space tourism, this volume first addresses the challenges faced by those seeking to facilitate public understanding of astrobiology, the study of the origins, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. International scientists then review the biodiversity and ecology of psychophilic microorganisms (bacteria that thrive at freezing temperatures) and molecular mechanisms of adaptation and evolution in such extreme environments. Related topics discussed include the role of water in the transition from proto-cells to prokaryotes, techniques used in the search for life-conducive water on Mars and Europa, and college education in the field. The volume includes b&w and some color images. Professional affiliations are given for the contributors but not the editors.

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