Detection of Habitable Planets and the Search for Life

  • Heike Rauer
  • Juan Cabrera
  • Stefanie Gebauer
  • John Lee Grenfell
Chapter
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 28)

Abstract

One of the main scientific drivers for extrasolar planet research is the search for terrestrial planets in the habitable zone (HZ) and subsequently the detection of biosignatures indicating the presence of life. This goal is of fundamental importance to answer the question whether the Solar System is the only place in our universe that developed life, or if life is actually common in our galaxy and the biosphere on Earth is just one among many.

Keywords

Terrestrial Planet Habitable Zone Extrasolar Planet Host Star Dwarf Star 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heike Rauer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Juan Cabrera
    • 1
  • Stefanie Gebauer
    • 2
  • John Lee Grenfell
    • 3
  1. 1.Planetary ResearchGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Planetary ResearchBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Zentrum für Astronomy und AstrophysikTechnische Universität Berlin (TUB)BerlinGermany
  3. 3.Institut für PlanetenforschungDeutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)BerlinGermany

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