The Best Books on Life Beyond Earth | Five Books Expert RecommendationsMake Your Own List. Geoscience professor and NASA adviser James Kasting talks us through the scientific possibilities for life beyond earth. He recommends books by both 'optimists. Rare Earth was one of the prime motivations for me to write my book. I know both the authors and they are fine scientists, but they are very pessimistic about the chances of complex life outside Earth, by which they mean animal life, and, of course, that includes intelligent life. They do.
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What are the different pressures on life surviving deep under water and life underground. He is an expert in planetary atmospheric evolution and is actively involved in the search by NASA for habitable planets outside our solar system. I know Attenborough saw this video, and I hope he knows sciencw the continuity of his work is transgenerational. On Mars, an ocean will not have existed for very long and it would have existed under a very thick layer of ice.
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On the wall, there are postcards from holidays, a poster of space pirate Han Solo crouching above a fictional snow lizard called a Tauntaun, and a picture of an equally alien but very real cephalopod, a nautilus, a mollusc with a pin-hole eye and tentacular cirri projecting from its tiger-striped shell. It was cut out from the second copy of Life on Earth that my father had acquired, the book that accompanied the BBC series by David Attenborough. The first was for reading, the second, bought cheap without a dust cover, was for the photos. I do what I do, to a large degree because of what he has done. Like so many people of my vintage, seeing the wonder of nature with him as our guide was inestimably influential in steering us towards science.