Strategies of Life Detection

  • Oliver Botta
  • Jeffrey L. Bada
  • Javier Gomez-Elvira
  • Emmanuelle Javaux
  • Franck Selsis
  • Roger Summons

Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IV
  2. J. L. Bada, J. Gomez-Elvira, E. Javaux, M. Rosing, F. Selsis, R. Summons et al.
    Pages 1-3
  3. Thérèse Encrenaz
    Pages 11-23
  4. Mark A. Sephton, Oliver Botta
    Pages 25-35
  5. Francois Raulin
    Pages 37-48
  6. W. E. Krumbein
    Pages 81-94
  7. J. Peter Gogarten, Gregory Fournier, Olga Zhaxybayeva
    Pages 115-131
  8. Roger E. Summons, Pierre Albrecht, Gene McDonald, J.  Michael Moldowan
    Pages 133-159
  9. Laurence D. Barron
    Pages 187-201
  10. Shuhei Ono
    Pages 203-220
  11. Mark van Zuilen
    Pages 221-232
  12. J. L. Bada, P. Ehrenfreund, F. Grunthaner, D. Blaney, M. Coleman, A. Farrington et al.
    Pages 269-279
  13. N. Tarcea, T. Frosch, P. Rösch, M. Hilchenbach, T. Stuffler, S. Hofer et al.
    Pages 281-292
  14. Víctor Parro, Luis A. Rivas, Javier Gómez-Elvira
    Pages 293-311
  15. Nikos Prantzos
    Pages 313-322
  16. Oliver Botta, Jeffrey L. Bada, Javier Gomez-Elvira, Emmanuelle Javaux, Franck Selsis, Roger Summons
    Pages 371-380
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 383-384

About this book


The search for life outside the Earth has been one of mankind's most challenging quests. We have reached a level of technology that allows for initial steps toward thorough scientific investigation. The aim of this workshop was to take an interdisciplinary look at the signatures that would be indicative of past or present life on another planet and compare them to biosignatures on Earth.

The purpose of the workshop was also to discuss state-of-the-art in-situ instruments that are envisioned to search for these signatures in the exploration of the solar system, as well as the discussion of concepts descriptive of the search for habitable planets around other stars.

This book is intended to provide a reference to scientists and instrument developers working in the field of in-situ and remote life detection. It can also be used as an interdisciplinary introduction for students and post-doctoral researchers entering this new and exciting field.


Accretion astrobiology biosignatures in space extrasolar planets genes in-situ instruments life detection strategies life on exoplanets origin of life space instrumentation

Editors and affiliations

  • Oliver Botta
    • 1
  • Jeffrey L. Bada
    • 2
  • Javier Gomez-Elvira
    • 3
  • Emmanuelle Javaux
    • 4
  • Franck Selsis
    • 5
  • Roger Summons
    • 6
  1. 1.International Space Science Institute (ISSI)BernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Scripps Institution of OceanographyUniversity of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  3. 3.Robotics & Planetary Exploration LaboratoryCentro de Astrobiología (INTA/CSIC), Insituto Nacional de Técnica AeroespacialMadridSpain
  4. 4.Department of GeologyUniversity of LiegeLiegeBelgium
  5. 5.Observatoire de BordeauxFloriacFrance
  6. 6.Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary SciencesMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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