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Faint Echoes, Distant Stars: The Science & Politics of Finding Life Beyond Earth

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Our neighboring planets may have the answer to this question. Scientists have already identified ice caps on Mars and what appear to be enormous oceans underneath the ice of Jupiter's moons. The atmosphere on Venus appeared harsh and insupportable of life, composed of a toxic atmosphere and oceans of acid -- until scientists concluded that Earth's atmosphere was eerily sim ...more
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Published March 15th 2005 by Harper Paperbacks (first published 2004)
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Gendou
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Since publication, it has been discovered that Viking *did* find organics on Mars:
http://news.discovery.com/space/vikin...

Oops! Another correction: He says that 4 Hydrogen atoms fuse into one Helium. It's only 2. Editor should have caught that one!

I did NOT enjoy reading about the following pseudo-scientific ABORTIONS:
* UFOs, the Roswell crash site, etc.
* Lowell and his canals on Mars
* The ALH84001 Mars rock and imagined lifeforms therein

I guess Ben Bova had nothing else to write about, so he
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Laura
May 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, space
Not exactly what I'd expected, but a very interesting read anyway. Bova provides an overview of the birth of the solar system (as well as stars and planets in general) in the context of how likely life is to be found on other worlds. I was, at first, very frustrated at his "dumbing-down" of the biology of early life; then I hit the sections on space science and found them to be at just the right level -- meaning it is very dumbed-down from the physicists' point of view. So I retract that complai ...more
Nick
Sep 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Excellent book .... inspiring, provoking, the difference between this one and Diacu's book (see my shelf) is the way it is written .... The same informative contant, but the writing style is direct, engaging.

I definitely recommend reading (it might be a bit difficult for young folks)
Eric
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
About the possibility of life in the solar system and beyond, astrobiology; conclusion reached: Extraterrestrial life PROBABLE!
David R.
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
An overly breathless survey. Too many sidebars.
Christopher Obert
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2009
I enjoyed this book. It gave a lot of information on the subject of life in the universe and the lack of intelligence in Washington!

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Ben Bova was born on November 8, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1953, while attending Temple University, he married Rosa Cucinotta, they had a son and a daughter. He would later divorce Rosa in 1974. In that same year he married Barbara Berson Rose.

Bova is an avid fencer and organized Avco Everett's fencing club. He is an environmentalist, but rejects Luddism.

Bova was a technical writer fo
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