To Learn More
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 Astrobio Graphic Histories.
Here are some excellent news Web sites:
Here are some excellent radio shows available as podcasts:
Astrobiology Magazine is the best dedicated astrobiology news site. Published by NASA, it is updated daily.
Astronomy Picture of the Day - "Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer."
Many Worlds - from journalist Marc Kaufman who covers news related to astrobiology.
Planetary Society Blog - "a guide to interesting stuff going on in space science, space exploration, and space advocacy."
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:
First contact scenarios are a focus of the
Big Picture Science from the SETI Institute, hosted by Seth Shostak, often covers topics related to astrobiology.
Planetary Radio is from the Planetary Society. Their tag line is "The travel show that takes you to the final frontier."
Star Talk Radio hosted by astrophysicist and science educator extraordinaire Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Science in Action and Discovery are general science programs from the BBC and often cover topics related to astrobiology. 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:
Topic 1 - Introduction
Topic 2 - In the Beginning (Life, the Universe and Everything)
Topic 3 - Sensors
Topic 4 - What is Life?
Topic 5 - Life in our Solar System
Topic 6 - Life in the Universe
Topic 7 - Impact Events (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
Topic 8 - Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
Topic 9 - Manned and Unmanned Spaceflight
Topic 10 - Future Astrobiology Missions
Topic 11 - The Arts and Astrobiology
Topic 12 - Astrobiology and the Divine
Topic 13 - Contact and Conclusion
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
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
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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Michael P. D'Alessandro, M.D.