Complete Course in Astrobiology

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Gerda Horneck, Petra Rettberg
John Wiley & Sons, 25.06.2008 - 434 Seiten
This up-to-date resource is based on lectures developed by experts in the relevant fields and carefully edited by the leading astrobiologists within the European community. Aimed at graduate students in physics, astronomy and biology and their lecturers, the text begins with a general introduction to astrobiology, followed by sections on basic prebiotic chemistry, extremophiles, and habitability in our solar system and beyond. A discussion of astrodynamics leads to a look at experimental facilities and instrumentation for space experiments and, ultimately, astrobiology missions, backed in each case by the latest research results from this fascinating field. Includes a CD-ROM with additional course material.
 

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1 Astrobiology From the Origin of Life on Earth to Life in the Universe
1
2 From the Big Bang to the Molecules of Life
23
3 Basic Prebiotic Chemistry
55
4 From Molecular Evolution to Cellular Life
85
5 Extremophiles the Physicochemical Limits of Life Growth and Survival
121
6 Habitability
151
7 Astrodynamics and Technological Aspects of Astrobiology Missions in Our Solar System
179
8 Astrobiology of the Terrestrial Planets with Emphasis on Mars
203
9 Astrobiology of Saturns Moon Titan
223
10 Jupiters Moon Europa Geology and Habitability
253
11 Astrobiology Experiments in Low Earth Orbit Facilities Instrumentation and Results
273
12 Putting Together an Exobiology Mission The ExoMars Example
321
13 Astrobiology Exploratory Missions and Planetary Protection Requirements
353
Index
399
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Gerda Horneck and Petra Rettberg are the leading astrobiologists of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and have outstanding renommee on both sides of the Atlantic.
Gerda Horneck and Petra Rettberg serve as heads of the photo- und exobiology group at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine of the DLR.
Their research interests focus on exo-/astrobiology, radiation/photo biology, e.g. including the effects of radiation of various kind on biological systems.

Dr. Horneck has been principal investigator of several radiobiological and exobiology experiments in space on Spacelab, LDEF, EURECA, FOTON and ISS as well as coordinator of research projects for both ESA and NASA.

Petra Rettberg's research activities included research projects at NASA Ames and in Japan and investigations of past and future space missions.
Numerous board memberships and publications round off their portfolio.
Extensive teaching experience make them ideal editors for this book.

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