Astrobiology course 5
So moving on in from the previous post the next lecture in the Astrobiology course is on Space Missions in the Search for Life
Astrobiology course 4
So following on from previous post I have been watching the lecture on Where to look for life in the solar system presented by Dr Jennifer Blank.
Really interesting and in fact this builds on the course undertaken as part of my Certificate in Contemporary Science course. S186 : Planets and introduction.
So lots of moons around Jupiter that seem to have sub surface water, but importantly thank to Tidal Heating this could be liquid water under the surface.
So Io, Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa, are interesting but given between Jupiter and Saturn there are over 100 moons. There are lots of interesting moons out there, some with very interesting molecules that include organics.
Astrobiology course 3
So following on from Astrobiology course 2 the section on Rise of life (video 4) had quite a lot of biochemistry, including look at the nucleobases that make up RNA & DNA
*Deoxyribo nucleic Acid
So in essence here there are only 5
The links point to wikipedia, which is NOT a academic source of information.
Astrobiology course 2
So further to previous post I have now watched the course orientation. This has provided an excellent introduction and overview to the course, and the staff who are presenting the course, along with the Teaching assistant who will be assisting learners.
So will now just go through the remaining videos for the course and learn some astrobiology, which should be interesting.
Following on from the Looking for Life on Mars talk. The OU Space Science club have put links to a course on Astrobiology, course presented by The Amity University.
Session overviews (from the OU forum post)
Session 1 was literally just an introduction/overview.
Sessions 2 & 3 concentrated on the Earth's formation, using locations on Earth as analogue sites, geology, plate tectonics, and pre-biotic conditions that led to biotic life
Session 4 was Dr Macey's lecture covering the building blocks and origin of life; the rise of multicellularity; and extremophiles & analogue environments.
Session 5 looked at moons and planets in our own solar system for suitable conditions/indicators of life.
Session 6 looked at missions focussed on astrobiology, and instrumentation used on various types of spacecraft in the quest for life.
Session 7 looked at the legalities on ensuring we don't contaminate other worlds, or don't return anything from extra-terrestrial sources that may contaminate the Earth.
Session 8 was esoteric in that it covered a proposed constitution for other worlds, so that colonists might be accorded the same protections as on Earth e.g. human-rights, freedom of expression/movement, and also in terms of creativity such as art.
Session 9 talked about opportunities for internships & future study globally.
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