Are We Alone?
by Gregg Easterbrook
Publisher: The Atlantic Monthly 1988
Scanning the universe to see if we have company has fallen out of favor among many scientists, but the true believers who continue to search raise diverting questions -- like why planets form where they do, and how life began, and where we might end up.
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by Alfred R. Wallace - Chapman and Hall
Contents: early ideas; modern ideas; the new astronomy; the distribution of the stars; distances of stars - the sun's motion; unity and the evolution of the star-system; are the stars infinite?; our relation to the Milky Way; and more.
- The National Academies Press
The search for life is one of the most active fields in space science and involves a wide variety of disciplines. This book explores the possibility of habitable environments in the solar system and in exoplanets, and techniques for detecting life.
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This book presents the history of planetary protection by tracing the responses to the microbiological contamination concerns on NASA's missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and many smaller bodies of our solar system.
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In the late twentieth century, scientists converged upon the basic idea of scanning the sky and 'listening' for non-random patterns of electromagnetic emissions in order to detect another possible civilization somewhere else in the universe.