My New Book, Life Beyond Earth: The Search for Habitable Worlds in the Universe

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By A. Coustenis and Th. Encrenaz
Cambridge University Press

lbeIt all started with Therese and I getting interested in exoplanets, the (still) new field in astronomy dealing with the planets discovered (about 1000 by now) around other stars than our Sun. And also my long-lived passion for Astrobiology, the study of habitable worlds in our solar system and beyond. Looking at how life might have emerged on other planets, seeking to evaluate to potential for hosting life and supporting its development under the surfaces of outer plant satellites in deep oceans of liquid water, and trying to define what makes an environment potentially habitable are some things I have been working on ever since my interest in Saturn’s moons Titan and Enceladus and in some of the Galilean satellites like Europa and Ganymede. Satellites turn out to be great places for looking for habitable conditions (liquid water, organic chemistry, energy sources, etc)

So, we decided to look at the problem from a different perspective: from that of astronomers, planetologists, who don’t know much about biology but would like to share their understanding of where life could possibly emerge and be able to survive.

If you want to know more, attached to this entry are some of the current reviews by Journals and Magazines.

We hope the book and its different point of view will add something to the current available literature which abounds since Astrobiology and Exoplanetology are relatively new interdisciplinary fields but vey attractive ones for all kinds of experts: biologists, geologists, atmospheric physicists, astronomers, climatologists, etc…

Links about the book Life Beyond Earth:
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press, Blog
Times Higher Education
The Guardian





About Athena Coustenis

Athena Coustenis is a planetologist working at Paris-Meudon Observatory and studying the outer solar system, the giant planets, their satellites and the exoplanets. She is also interested in future space exploration of the external solar system.

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