The University of Edinburgh
Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
The University of Edinburgh

Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Charles Cockell

Instructor: Charles Cockell

4.8

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11 hours to complete
3 weeks at 3 hours a week
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There are 5 modules in this course

What is life and what are the definitions of life? What do we know about the origin of life and what are the current hypotheses for how it originated on the Earth?

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10 videos3 quizzes

What was the environment of early Earth like when life first emerged and what do we know about life on the earliest Earth? How did life evolve to cope with survival in extreme environments? What have been the major evolutionary transitions of life on the Earth?

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7 videos2 quizzes

What are the prospects for life on other planetary bodies in our Solar System and how do we go about searching for it? What conditions are required for a planet to be habitable?

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7 videos2 quizzes

How do we search for Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars and how would we detect life on them?

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5 videos2 quizzes

What are the possibilities for intelligent life elsewhere? How would we deal with contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence and what would be the impact on society? Who would represent Earth?

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4 videos2 quizzes

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4.8 (555 ratings)
Charles Cockell
The University of Edinburgh
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