: An introductory course on astrobiology

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One of the goals of this course is to equip you with an intellectual toolkit for the multi-disciplinary study of astrobiology that will allow you to embark upon a course of lifelong learning regarding astrobiology. Here are some recommended resources for your toolkit:

Here is a series of excellent graphic novels to introduce you to astrobiology: NASA Astrobiology Graphic Histories.

Here is an introductory textbook on astronomy: OpenStax Astronomy

Here are some excellent news Web sites:

Here are some excellent radio shows available as podcasts: Here are four excellent television programs that cover astrobiology very well: Here are three tools that help you visualize our solar system and universe: Here are citizen science / crowd-sourced astrobiology research projects that you can participate in: Here are some Twitter feeds you can follow: Fiction can be a wonderful learning tool. Here is an anthology of astrobiological science fiction stories from the European Astrobiology Institute in .epub / .mobi / PDF formats: Strangest of All

First contact scenarios are a focus of the Contact Conference - explore especially the "Cultures of the Imagination" part of the site and the Semi Official Contact Archive to view examples of first contact scenarios.

Here is the one (long) review article to read that best covers the current state of astrobiology: The Astrobiology Primer v2.0.

Here is the one book to read that best introduces you to astrobiology: Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Here is a field guide to astrobiology analogs in the US National Parks: Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks by Tyler Nordgren.

Here are a number of excellent TED Talks and the topics they relate to:

The BBC Radio 4 series In Our Time has covered many of the topics in this course, in roundtable discussion format. Related episodes may be found in its Science Archive.

The BBC Radio 4 series Great Lives has covered many of the individuals in this course, in roundtable discussion format. Related episodes may be found in its Archive.

If you are near California, visit the yearly Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House. Otherwise view their Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series.

Here are lectures in online courses:

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