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    Astrobiology: The Search for Life Elsewhere in the Universe

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    ISBN: 9781785783425
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    AuthorMay, Andrew
    Pub Date05/09/2019
    Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
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    Are we alone in the Universe, or are there as many planets supporting life as there are stars in the sky?

    Extraterrestrial life is a common theme in
    science fiction, but is it a serious prospect in the real world? Astrobiology
    is the emerging field of science that seeks to answer this question.

    The possibility of life elsewhere in the cosmos
    is one of the most profound subjects that human beings can ponder. Astrophysicist
    Andrew May gives an expert overview of our current state of knowledge, looking
    at how life started on Earth, the tell-tale `signatures' it produces, and how
    such signatures might be detected elsewhere in the Solar System or on the many `exoplanets'
    now being discovered by the Kepler and TESS missions.

    Along the way the book addresses key questions such as the riddle of Fermi's
    paradox (`Where is everybody?') and the crucial role of DNA and water - they're
    essential to `life as we know it', but is the same true of alien life? And the really
    big question: when we eventually find extraterrestrials, will they be friendly
    or hostile?