Analyzing Life, the Universe, and Everything
Planetary science is redefining our understanding of life on Earth – and beyond
Jonathan James, Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Sam Kounaves | | Longer Read
Long have we sought to understand our place in the Universe. It’s easy to imagine even the first Homo sapiens looking up at the stars and wondering: are we alone? But only in the past 50 years have scientists been able to even begin formulating an answer to this short but profound question. By studying extreme environments on Earth, planetary scientists are piecing together the conditions necessary for life – painting a picture of the ideal alien habitat. Such discoveries are informing the future of exploratory space missions by determining both the destination and the analytical instrumentation needed onboard to confirm the likelihood of life.
Here, two extreme analytical scientists discuss their work on Earth – and further afield.
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