Habitability of Other Planets and Satellites / edited by Jean-Pierre de Vera, Joseph Seckbach.
- 1st ed. 2013.
- Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2013.
- Biomedical and Life Sciences (Springer-11642)
Cellular origin and life in extreme habitats and astrobiology 1566-0400 ; 28
Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology, 1566-0400 ; 28
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- Is Earth the right model and therefore our Earth-centric view the only universal key to understand habitability, the origin and maintenance of life? This book tries to give answers on this question. It gives insights into the nature of planets and their potential to harbor life as well as the role of life itself as an engine to increase the habitability of planets and satellites. Knowledge of different disciplines in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Planetology and Physics are the driving force for the discussion what might be the clues to classify a planetary body as a habitable object. The role of the atmosphere, solar radiation, magnetism, tectonics, mineral composition, liquid water availability and the interactions with life are in the focus of the general discussion. Earth serves as the reference system to get an approximation of the factors which might be important for classification of a celestial body as a habitable object. Results from field studies and those obtained from laboratory studies in planetary simulation facilities will help to elucidate if some of the planets and satellites in our solar system are potentially habitable for terrestrial life forms. The discussion is also enlarged in particular to exo-planets and their potential to be habitable. Further, recent technologies are presented in this book which might be suitable for remote or in situ identification of habitable environments and life as we know it. Instrumentation, detection devices, space projects and space mission designs to search for habitable niches and life is part of this work and gives insights into the challenges we might confront if we pursue the main task to detect life. The initial step of these exploration endeavors might be to discover first habitable environments and then to look after life forms with life detecting instrumentation in the discovered habitable niches.
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Part 1: PARAMETERS FOR HABITABILITY, HABITABLE ZONES AND LIFE: ENERGY, LIQUID SOLVENT, INFORMATION
The Habitable Zone: Basic Concepts
Exoplanets: Criteria for Their Habitability and Possible Biospheres
The Habitable Zone and The Generalized Greenhouse Effect
The Influence of UV Radiation on Exoplanets' Habitability
Factors of Planetary Habitability
Bio-relevant microscopic liquid subsurface water in planetary surfaces?
Part 2: IMPACT CRATERS AND THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE
Organic molecules in lunar ice: a window to the early evolution of life on Earth
Part 3: FIELD STUDIES IN PLANETARY ANALOGS, SIMULATIONS AND SPACE EXPERIMENTS WITH RELEVANCE TO HABITABILITY
Experimental simulation of possible origins of life (Conceptual and Practical Issues)
Simulation and measurement of extraterrestrial conditions for experiments on habitability with respect to Mars
The Role of Terrestrial Analogs in the Exploration of The Habitability of Martian Evaporitic Environments
Part 4: SEARCH FOR HABITABLE WORLDS IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND
Microbial scale habitability on Mars
Interior and surface dynamics of terrestrial bodies and their implications for the habitability
Exoplanets and habitability
Part 5: ALTERNATIVES TO EARTH-LIKE LIFE
Extremophiles on Alien Worlds: What Types of Organismic Adaptations are Feasible on Other Planetary Bodies
Brown Dwarfs and Black Smokers. The Potential for Photosynthesis using Radiation from Low-Temperature Black Bodies
Part 6: APPLICATION OF EXISTING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE DETECTION OF HABITABLE PLANETS AND THE SEARCH FOR LIFE
Detection of Habitable Planets and The Search for Life
Raman Spectral Signatures in the Biogeological Record: An Astrobiological Challenge
Application of Raman Spectroscopy as In Situ Technology for the Search for Life
Part 7: FUTURE SPACE MISSIONS FOR LIFE DETECTION
Habitability on Kepler worlds: Are Moons Relevant?
Clean In-Situ Subsurface Exploration of Icy Environments in the Solar System
Part 8: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
Theoretically possible habitable Worlds - but soon will we get answers by observations?
- De Vera, Jean-Pierre, editor., Editor,
Seckbach, J. (Joseph), editor., Editor,
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