Habitability of Other Planets and Satellites

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ISBN: 978-94-007-6545-0 (Print) 978-94-007-6546-7 (Online)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxix

  2. Parameters for Habitability, Habitable Zones and Life: Energy, Liquid Solvent, Information

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      Pages 1-1

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      Pages 3-12

      The Habitable Zone: Basic Concepts

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      Pages 13-29

      Exoplanets: Criteria for their Habitability and Possible Biospheres

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      Pages 31-46

      The Habitable Zone and the Generalized Greenhouse Effect

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      Pages 47-68

      The Influence of UV Radiation on Exoplanets’ Habitability

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      Pages 69-88

      Factors of Planetary Habitability

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      Pages 89-112

      Bio-Relevant Microscopic Liquid Subsurface Water in Planetary Surfaces?

  3. Impact Craters and the Evolution of Life

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 113-113

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      Pages 115-125

      Organic Molecules in Lunar Ice: A Window to the Early Evolution of Life on Earth

  4. Field Studies in Planetary Analogs, Simulations and Space Experiments with Relevance to Habitability

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 127-127

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      Pages 129-144

      Experimental Simulations of Possible Origins of Life: Conceptual and Practical Issues

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      Pages 145-162

      Simulation and Measurement of Extraterrestrial Conditions for Experiments on Habitability with Respect to Mars

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      Pages 163-180

      The Role of Terrestrial Analogs in the Exploration of the Habitability of Martian Evaporitic Environments

  5. Search for Habitable Worlds in the Solar System and Beyond

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 181-181

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      Pages 183-202

      Microbial Scale Habitability on Mars

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      Pages 203-233

      Interior and Surface Dynamics of Terrestrial Bodies and their Implications for the Habitability

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      Pages 235-249

      Exoplanets and Habitability

  6. Alternatives to Earth-Like Life

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 251-251

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      Pages 253-265

      Extremophiles on Alien Worlds: What Types of Organismic Adaptations are Feasible on Other Planetary Bodies

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      Pages 267-284

      Brown Dwarfs and Black Smokers: The Potential for Photosynthesis Using Radiation from Low-Temperature Black Bodies

  7. Application of Existing Technologies for the Detection of Habitable Planets and the Search for Life

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 285-285

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      Pages 287-310

      Detection of Habitable Planets and the Search for Life

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      Pages 311-330

      Raman Spectral Signatures in the Biogeological Record: An Astrobiological Challenge

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      Pages 331-345

      Application of Raman Spectroscopy as In Situ Technology for the Search for Life

  8. Future Space Missions for Life Detection

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 347-347

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      Pages 349-366

      Habitability on Kepler Worlds: Are Moons Relevant?

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      Pages 367-397

      Clean In Situ Subsurface Exploration of Icy Environments in the Solar System

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