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Where would you look for alien life? An astronomer and science popularizer explains the basics of astrobiology to outline five plausible scenarios for finding extraterrestrials.

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Long before space travel was possible, the idea of life beyond Earth transfixed humans. In this fascinating book, astronomer Jon Willis explores the science of astrobiology and the possibility of locating other life in our own galaxy.

Describing the most recent discoveries by space exploration missions, including the Kepler space telescope, the Mars Curiosity rover, and the New Horizons probe, Willis asks listeners to imagine—and choose among—five scenarios for finding life. He encourages us to wonder whether life might exist within Mars's subsoil ice. He reveals the vital possibilities on the water-ice moons Europa and Enceladus. He views Saturn's moon Titan through the lens of our own planet's ancient past. And, he even looks beyond our solar system, investigating the top candidates for a "second Earth" in a myriad of exoplanets and imagining the case of a radio signal arriving from deep space. Covering the most up-to-date research, this accessibly written book provides listeners with the basic knowledge necessary to decide where they would look for alien life.

"Through humorous, concise, accessible writing, Willis eloquently presents the growing—though still circumstantial—evidence that we are not alone." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“[Jon Willis] conveys great enthusiasm alongside necessary scientific skepticism.” ---Wall Street Journal

“[Willis] clearly lays out reasons why alien life could exist on astronomical bodies near Earth.” ---Winnipeg Free Press

“A concise overview of astrobiology and what we know—and, more importantly, what we don’t—about the search for life elsewhere in our solar system and beyond.” ---The Space Review
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All These Worlds Are Yours

The Scientific Search for Alien Life

Author Jon Willis

Narrated by Eric Jason Martin

Publication date Dec 20, 2016

Running time 8 hrs 4 min

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