The Quest for the Conditions of Life

  • Gerda Horneck
  • Christa Baumstark-Khan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Introduction

    1. Baruch S. Blumberg
      Pages 1-4
  3. Organic Material in Space and Habitable Zones

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Karl M. Menten
      Pages 7-23
    3. Stéphane Udry, Michel Mayor
      Pages 25-46
    4. Siegfried Franck, Werner von Bloh, Christine Bounama, Matthias Steffen, Detlef Schönberner, Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber
      Pages 47-56
    5. Gerda Homeck, Curt Mileikowsky, H. Jay Melosh, John W. Wilson, Francis A. Cucinotta, Brett Gladman
      Pages 57-76
  4. Water and Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. André Brack
      Pages 79-88
    3. Ralf Jaumann, Ernst Hauber, Julia Lanz, Harald Hoffmann, Gerhard Neukum
      Pages 89-109
    4. Richard Greenberg, B. Randall Tufts, Paul Geissler, Gregory V. Hoppa
      Pages 111-124
    5. David A. Gilichinsky
      Pages 125-142
    6. Erko Stackebrandt, Evelyne Brambilla
      Pages 161-168
    7. Karl O. Stetter
      Pages 169-184
    8. Hans Jörg Kunte, H. G. Trüper, Helga Stan-Lotter
      Pages 185-200
  5. Electromagnetic Fields, Radiation and Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 201-201
    2. Helmut Lammer, Willibald Stumptner, Gregorio J. Molina-Cuberos
      Pages 203-217
    3. Petra Rettberg, Lynn J. Rothschild
      Pages 233-243
    4. David D. Wynn-Williams, Howell G. M. Edwards
      Pages 245-260
    5. Christa Baumstark-Khan, Rainer Facius
      Pages 261-284
  6. Gravity and Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Richard Bräucker, Augusto Cogoli, Ruth Hemmersbach
      Pages 287-296
    3. Heide Schnabl
      Pages 297-313
    4. Ralf H. Anken, Hinrich Rahmann
      Pages 315-333
  7. Complexity and Life

  8. Forthcoming Space Missions Relevant for Astrobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 387-387
    2. Bernard H. Foing
      Pages 389-398
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 399-411

About this book


How did life originate in the universe? How did it all start after the creation of matter and the formation of elements in the stars? What are the pathways from the first organic molecules in space to the evolution of complex life forms on Earth and perhaps elsewhere? And how will it all end? The Universe itself sets the stage for the very interdisciplinary field of astrobiology that attempts to answer such questions, the central one being: What is the (cosmic) recipe for life? Currently there are only very few known elements in this vast mosaic. This book bridges a gap in the literature by bringing together leading specialists from different backgrounds who lecture on their fields, with close relevance to astrobiology, providing tutorial accounts that lead all the way to the forefront of research. The book will thus be useful for students, lecturers and reseachers alike.


Habitat astrobiology bioastronomy biology complexity environment evolution exobiology extraterrestrial intelligence origin of life the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerda Horneck
    • 1
  • Christa Baumstark-Khan
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Luft-und RaumfahrtmedizinKölnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-63957-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59381-9
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