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ERIC Number: EJ963133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Astrobiology: Life in Extreme Environments
Kaur, Preeti
School Science Review, v93 n343 p35-38 Dec 2011
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe. It seeks to answer two important scientific questions: how did we get here and are we alone in the universe? Scientists begin by studying life on Earth and its limits. The discovery of extremophiles on Earth capable of surviving extremes encourages the idea of life beyond our planet. Astrobiologists search for microbial life on rocky planets and moons in our solar system and on Earth-like planets orbiting other stars in the universe, looking for evidence of any biological activity that would indicate the presence of life. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table, and 2 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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