Astrobiology: From the Origins of Life to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence


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This ebook Astrobiology: From the Origins of Life to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (PDF) provides cutting-edge and concise reviews in astrobiology; a still emerging and young multidisciplinary field of science that addresses the fundamental questions of how life originated and diversified on Earth; what is the future for life on Earth and whether life exists beyond Earth. Readers will find coverage of the latest understanding of a wide range of fascinating topics; including; for example; solar system formation; the history of Earth as revealed by geology; the origins of life; the evolution of intelligence on Earth; the implications of genome data; insights from extremophile research; and the possible existence of life on other planets within and beyond the solar system. Every chapter contains a brief summary of the current status of the topic under discussion; sufficient references to enable more detailed study; and descriptions of recent findings and forthcoming missions or anticipated research. Written by leading experts in planetary science; astronomy; geoscience; biology; chemistry; and physics; this insightful and thought-provoking ebook will appeal to all scientists and students who are interested in space and life.

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Akihiko Yamagishi, Takeshi Kakegawa, Tomohiro Usui


Springer; 1st edition




465 pages









Table of contents

Table of contents :
Front Matter ….Pages i-ix
Front Matter ….Pages 1-1
What Is Astrobiology? (Akihiko Yamagishi)….Pages 3-7
Front Matter ….Pages 9-9
Prebiotic Complex Organic Molecules in Space (Masatoshi Ohishi)….Pages 11-21
Chemical Interactions Among Organics, Water, and Minerals in the Early Solar System (Hikaru Yabuta)….Pages 23-42
Prebiotic Synthesis of Bioorganic Compounds by Simulation Experiments (Kensei Kobayashi)….Pages 43-61
RNA Synthesis Before the Origin of Life (Yoshihiro Furukawa)….Pages 63-74
Front Matter ….Pages 75-75
RNA World (Shotaro Ayukawa, Toshihiko Enomoto, Daisuke Kiga)….Pages 77-90
The Common Ancestor of All Modern Life (Satoshi Akanuma)….Pages 91-103
Eukaryotes Appearing (Shin-ichi Yokobori, Ryutaro Furukawa)….Pages 105-121
Color of Photosynthetic Systems: Importance of Atmospheric Spectral Segregation Between Direct and Diffuse Radiation (Atsushi Kume)….Pages 123-135
Evolution of Photosynthetic System (Satoshi Hanada)….Pages 137-152
Cosmolinguistics: Necessary Components for the Emergence of a Language-Like Communication System in a Habitable Planet (Kazuo Okanoya)….Pages 153-166
Evolution of Intelligence on the Earth (Mariko Hiraiwa-Hasegawa)….Pages 167-176
Front Matter ….Pages 177-177
Formation of Planetary Systems (Shigeru Ida)….Pages 179-196
Evolution of Early Atmosphere (Hidenori Genda)….Pages 197-207
Biogenic and Abiogenic Graphite in Minerals and Rocks of the Early Earth (Takeshi Kakegawa)….Pages 209-227
Cellular Microfossils and Possible Microfossils in the Paleo- and Mesoarchean (Kenichiro Sugitani)….Pages 229-259
Great Oxidation Event and Snowball Earth (Eiichi Tajika, Mariko Harada)….Pages 261-271
End-Paleozoic Mass Extinction: Hierarchy of Causes and a New Cosmoclimatological Perspective for the Largest Crisis (Yukio Isozaki)….Pages 273-301
Mass Extinction at the Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) Boundary (Teruyuki Maruoka)….Pages 303-320
Front Matter ….Pages 321-321
Limits of Terrestrial Life and Biosphere (Ken Takai)….Pages 323-344
What Geology and Mineralogy Tell Us About Water on Mars (Tomohiro Usui)….Pages 345-352
Atmosphere of Mars (Hiromu Nakagawa)….Pages 353-366
The Search for Life on Mars (Yoshitaka Yoshimura)….Pages 367-381
Active Surface and Interior of Europa as a Potential Deep Habitat (Jun Kimura)….Pages 383-397
Enceladus: Evidence and Unsolved Questions for an Ice-Covered Habitable World (Yasuhito Sekine, Takazo Shibuya, Shunichi Kamata)….Pages 399-407
Astrobiology on Titan: Geophysics to Organic Chemistry (Hiroshi Imanaka)….Pages 409-418
Panspermia Hypothesis: History of a Hypothesis and a Review of the Past, Present, and Future Planned Missions to Test This Hypothesis (Yuko Kawaguchi)….Pages 419-428
Extrasolar Planetary Systems (Motohide Tamura)….Pages 429-440
How to Search for Possible Bio-signatures on Earth-Like Planets: Beyond a Pale Blue Dot (Yasushi Suto)….Pages 441-450
SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) (Hisashi Hirabayashi)….Pages 451-459
Possible Cultural Impact of Extraterrestrial Life, if It Were to Be Found (Junichi Watanabe)….Pages 461-465

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