Various important breakthroughs have helped to promote the emerging field of astrobiology. This fascinating book gathers on these developments and explores some of the key issues in the field. It investigates how planetary systems formed and how water and the biomolecules necessary for life were produced. So it’s focused on how life on Earth could have originated and come into being.
Encouragingly on these two topics, the last section leads the reader to the search for life in other parts of the solar system. It presents the latest results of missions on Mars and Titan and explores the possibilities of living in the ice-covered ocean of Europe. This interdisciplinary book provides an exciting overview of this exciting field for students and researchers in astrophysics, planetology, geosciences, biochemistry and evolutionary biology.