The astrobiology primer: An outline of general knowledge - Version 1, 2006

LJ Mix, JC Armstrong, AM Mandell, AC Mosier, J Raymond, SN Raymond, FJ Stewart, K von Braun, O Zhaxybayeva, L Billings, V Cameron, M Claire, GJ Dick, SD Domagal-Goldman, EJ Javaux, OJ Johnson, C Laws, MS Race, J Rask, JD RummelRT Schelble, S Vance, Z Adam, P Backus, L Beegle, J Bishop, K Boering, M Briley, W Calvin, D Catling, C Cleland, KE Dodson, J Fletcher, ED Acosta, I de Zwart, J Eigenbrode, J Farmer, S Frank, P Gogarten, E Goolish, R Grymes, N Haghighipour, T Hudson, V Ivkovic, M Jahangeer, B Jakosky, S Kenyon, S Kilston, A Knoll, E Korpela, D Lamb, J Lazio, R Lenski, L Link, K Lloyd, J Lunine, M Manga, T McCoy, K Meech, G Mello, S Mojzsis, D Morrison, O Morton, D Moser, K Nealson, F Nimno, R Norris, E Offerdahl, T Olien, N Pace, S Pfiffner, C Philips, S Rao, D Rodriquez, J Rummel, B Schopf, S Seager, N Sleep, M Sogin, N Solovaya, W Sullivan, B Thomas, T Thorsteinsson, C Tomow, M Wevrick, N Woolf, K Yamaguchi, M Zerella

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The Astrobiology Primer has been created as a reference tool for those who are interested in the interdisciplinary field of astrobiology. The field incorporates many diverse research en-deavors, but it is our hope that this slim volume will present the reader with all he or she needs to know to become involved and to understand, at least at a fundamental level, the state of the art. Each section includes a brief overview of a topic and a short list of readable and important literature for those interested in deeper knowledge. Because of the great di-versity of material, each section was written by a different author with a different expertise.Contributors, authors, and editors are listed at the beginning, along with a list of those chap-ters and sections for which they were responsible. We are deeply indebted to the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), in particular to Estelle Dodson, David Morrison, Ed Goolish,Krisstina Wilmoth, and Rose Grymes for their continued enthusiasm and support. The Primercame about in large part because of NAI support for graduate student research, collaboration,and inclusion as well as direct funding. We have entitled the Primer version 1 in hope that it will be only the first in a series, whose future volumes will be produced every 3–5 years.This way we can insure that the Primer keeps up with the current state of research. We hope that it will be a great resource for anyone trying to stay abreast of an ever-changing field.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)735-813
Number of pages79
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2006


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