This interactive course note
is designed to give you an introduction to Astrobiology that you can work
through at your own pace and return to at any time. It consists of four units
covering topics such as life, DNA, evolution, and our solar system.
This book presents results from several projects in the new field of computational
astrobiology, which is devoted to advancing our understanding of the origin,
evolution and distribution of life in the Universe using theoretical and
note covers the following topics: Life and its Requirements, Origin and
Evolution of Life, Observing Habitable Environments, Contemporary Environ
Issues, Endogenic Processes: Tectonics, Volcanos and Atmospheres, Evolution of
Early Earth, Comets, Meteors.
This note describes the origin and development of life on the
planet Earth within the context of an evolving universe. It begins with an
overview of the origins of the universe from the "Big Bang" to our own solar
system and then integrate the principles of physics, chemistry, geology and
biology to study the origins of life on Earth.
This note covers the
following topics: Planet finding Orbits, Extrasolar planets, Homes for life,
Planet formation, Life on Earth, The global effects of life, Looking for life in
the Solar System, searching for extra-solar life and the Fermi Paradox.
This note covers the following topics: Proto-stellar Collapse and Star
Formation, Planet Formation, Extrasolar Planets, Planetary Radiation,
Comparative Planetology, Comets, Meteorites, and Proto-planetary Disk Structure
and Habitable Zone.
This note covers the following topics: Properties of life, The cell,
Life definitions in astrobiology, Chemical properties of life, The chemical
elements of life, The water molecule, Chemical bonds in biology, Functional
groups in biomolecules, Biological macromolecules, Nucleic acids: RNA and DNA,
Molecules used for energy exchange, Genetic sequences and classification of