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Life's origins and the search for life on rocky exoplanets

Paul B. Rimmer, Sukrit Ranjan and Sarah Rugheimer
Life's origins and the search for life on rocky exoplanets (in Geoscience beyond the solar system, John Eiler (editor), Richard Harrison (editor), Becky Lange (editor) and Jodi Rosso (editor))
Elements (August 2021) 17 (4): 265-270


The study of the origin(s) of life on Earth and the search for life on other planets are closely linked. Prebiotic chemical scenarios can help prioritize target planets for the search for life (as we know it) and can provide informative prior probabilities to help us assess the likelihood that particular spectroscopic features are evidence of life. The prerequisites for origins scenarios themselves predict characteristic spectral signatures. The interplay between origins research and the search for extraterrestrial life starts with laboratory work to guide exploration within our own Solar System, which will then inform future exoplanet observations and laboratory research. Exoplanet research will, in turn, provide statistical context to conclusions about the nature and origins of life.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 17
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Life's origins and the search for life on rocky exoplanets
Title: Geoscience beyond the solar system
Author(s): Rimmer, Paul B.Ranjan, SukritRugheimer, Sarah
Author(s): Eiler, Johneditor
Author(s): Harrison, Richardeditor
Author(s): Lange, Beckyeditor
Author(s): Rosso, Jodieditor
Affiliation: University of Cambridge, Department of Earth Sciences, Cavendish Astrophysics, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Pages: 265-270
Published: 20210801
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 30
Accession Number: 2021-076058
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Northwestern University, USA, United StatesUniversity of Oxford, GBR, United Kingdom
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2021, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 202152
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