Lewis Dartnell discusses how extremophiles have pushed the survival envelope of terrestrial life – and what this means for the possibility of extraterrestrial life.
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The space industry isn’t just about the astronauts. A panel of experts from our live Q&A explore career options in the sector and offer tips on how to get your space career to take off. Lewis Dartnell is an astrobiology researcher, looking into the possibility of life beyond Earth. Lewis works at the Centre for Planetary Sciences
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Our four-limbed, one-headed body is just right for living on Earth. But what changes might the low-gravity, radiation saturated environment of space bring to our species? Lewis Dartnell finds the answers.
December 2010 saw the announcement on the Nasa website of a press conference described enigmatically only as to “discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life”. Speculation exploded across the Internet regarding the discovery due to be announced, and I gave an interview to a Sun journalist in an attempt to quash this heresay, which was widely quoted on websites and newspapers including the Telegraph. After the Nasa press conference was delivered, and the news finally announced as to what had actually been discovered, I wrote this Opinion piece for the Guardian as a perspective on the whole affair.
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One of the prime drivers for space exploration, both in terms of scientific return and in firing the interest of the public, is astrobiology and the search for life beyond our homeworld.
Planets with shells of diamond, others completely covered with water – the latest computer models predict some pretty strange worlds are lurking out there. And we could be on the verge of spotting them thanks to the latest planet hunting technology…
Life on other worlds will develop strange, unfamiliar and novel solutions to common evolutionary problems, writes astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell.
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Proof of the existence of extraterrestrial life may be closer than we think, thanks to a surge of research in astrobiology. Lewis Dartnell is determined to ascertain that we are not alone
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