Astrobiology and Space Exploration
Life is extreme chemical complexity, and knowing that life-forming chemicals are widespread in the universe, it may be posited that the universe, if the conditions are right, is poised for life.
Lynn Rothschild, Research Scientist NASA Astrobiology Institute Ames Research Center, discusses the need for and attempts to create an operational definition of what it means to be alive.
She also discusses evolution in the context of space and time, focusing on the emergence of life in a planetary context on Earth and possibly elsewhere as well as the evolution of intelligence and the search for it elsewhere.
Lectures included in the playlist above:
- From Astrochemistry to Astrobiology
- The Search for other Earths and Life in the Universe
- What is Life?
- Life in Extreme Environments
- How Predictable Is Evolution?
- Catastrophic Impacts in Earth’s History
- The Search for Life on Mars
- Darwin’s Birthday
- Life Beyond It’s Planet of Origin
- Biologically Reversible Exploration
- Advanced Life Support Systems
- A Human Place in Outer Space
- A Life with SETI