Item description for Complete Course in Astrobiology (Physics Textbook) by Gerda Horneck...
This up-to-date resource is based on lectures developed by experts in the relevant fields and carefully edited by the leading astrobiologists within the European community. Aimed at graduate students in physics, astronomy and biology and their lecturers, the text begins with a general introduction to astrobiology, followed by sections on basic prebiotic chemistry, extremophiles, and habitability in our solar system and beyond. A discussion of astrodynamics leads to a look at experimental facilities and instrumentation for space experiments and, ultimately, astrobiology missions, backed in each case by the latest research results from this fascinating field. Includes a CD-ROM with additional course material.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.37" Width: 6.69" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Release Date Apr 20, 2007
ISBN 3527406603 ISBN13 9783527406609
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More About Gerda Horneck
Gerda Horneck and Petra Rettberg are the leading astrobiologists of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and have outstanding renommee on both sides of the Atlantic. Gerda Horneck and Petra Rettberg serve as heads of the photo- und exobiology group at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine of the DLR. Their research interests focus on exo-/astrobiology, radiation/photo biology, e.g. including the effects of radiation of various kind on biological systems.
Dr. Horneck has been principal investigator of several radiobiological and exobiology experiments in space on Spacelab, LDEF, EURECA, FOTON and ISS as well as coordinator of research projects for both ESA and NASA.
Petra Rettberg's research activities included research projects at NASA Ames and in Japan and investigations of past and future space missions. Numerous board memberships and publications round off their portfolio. Extensive teaching experience make them ideal editors for this book.
Gerda Horneck has an academic affiliation as follows - DLR German Aerospace Center, Gottingen DLR DLR DLR DLR DLR DLR DLR DLR.
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A Text on a Brand New Science Jun 5, 2007
This is a book on a science that just a very few years ago did not exist. Only in fairly recent times have we begun to look at things like prebiotic chemistry (things like amino acids that are the precursors of life), extremophiles (things living at the extremes of environment like the hot vents in the deep ocean), and habitability in our solar system (especially the search for signs of life on Mars and the search for water everywhere).
This book, intended for graduate students was produced in Germany and is written by a series of experts, all European except one from JPL. Together they have produced a text, suitable for graduate student use that is as current as it is possible to be. It included current theory, a description of recent space missions and a description of planned future missions.
The CD included with the book provides for additional materials and PowerPoint slides to go with the lectures.