Astrobiology: Future Perspectives

  • Pascale Ehrenfreund
  • William Irvine
  • Toby Owen
  • Luann Becker
  • Jen Blank
  • John Brucato
  • Luigi Colangeli
  • Sylvie Derenne
  • Anne Dutrey
  • Didier Despois
  • Antonio Lazcano
  • Francois Robert

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 305)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. A.J. Markwickan, S.B. Charnley
    Pages 33-66
  3. G. Wuchterl
    Pages 67-96
  4. Maarten Roos-Serote
    Pages 127-147
  5. Ted L. Roush, Dale P. Cruikshank
    Pages 149-177
  6. Jacques Crovisier
    Pages 179-203
  7. Catherine de Bergh
    Pages 205-243
  8. Franck Selsis
    Pages 267-286
  9. Frances Westall
    Pages 287-316
  10. Laurent Binet, Didier Gourier, Audrey Skrzypczak, Sylvie Derenne, François Robert
    Pages 333-357
  11. Oliver Botta
    Pages 359-391
  12. Raffaele Saladino, Claudia Crestini, Fabiana Ciciriello, Giovanna Costanzo, Rodolfo Negri, Ernesto Di Mauro
    Pages 393-413
  13. John D. Rummel
    Pages 415-443
  14. David H. Smith
    Pages 445-465
  15. A. Brack, G. Horneck, D. Wynn-Williams
    Pages 467-475
  16. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Bill Irvine, Toby Owen, Luann Becker, Jennifer Blank, John Brucato et al.
    Pages 477-512
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 513-518

About this book


Astrobiology, a new exciting interdisciplinary research field, seeks to unravel the origin and evolution of life wherever it might exist in the Universe. The current view of the origin of life on Earth is that it is strongly connected to the origin and evolution of our planet and, indeed, of the Universe as a whole.

We are fortunate to be living in an era where centuries of speculation about the two ancient and fundamental problems: the origin of life and its prevalence in the Universe are being replaced by experimental science. The subject of Astrobiology can be approached from many different perspectives. This book is focused on abiogenic organic matter from the viewpoint of astronomy and planetary science and considers its potential relevance to the origins of life on Earth and elsewhere.

Guided by the review papers in this book, the concluding chapter aims to identify key questions to motivate future research and stimulate astrobiological applications of current and future research facilities and space missions. Today’s rich array of new spacecraft, telescopes and dedicated scientists promises a steady flow of discoveries and insights that will ultimately lead us to the answers we seek.


astrobiology astronomy biology evolution stars the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Pascale Ehrenfreund
    • 1
  • William Irvine
    • 2
  • Toby Owen
    • 3
  • Luann Becker
    • 4
  • Jen Blank
    • 5
  • John Brucato
    • 6
  • Luigi Colangeli
    • 6
  • Sylvie Derenne
    • 7
  • Anne Dutrey
    • 8
  • Didier Despois
    • 8
  • Antonio Lazcano
    • 9
  • Francois Robert
    • 10
  1. 1.Leiden ObservatoryThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  3. 3.University of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  4. 4.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA
  5. 5.Lawrence Livermore National LaboratoryLivermoreUSA
  6. 6.Naples ObservatoryNaplesItaly
  7. 7.ENS de Chimie de ParisParisFrance
  8. 8.Bordeaux ObservatoryFloiracFrance
  9. 9.UNAMMéxico D.F.México
  10. 10.LEMEParisFrance

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