Earth-like Exoplanets - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128158920

Earth-like Exoplanets, Volume 3

1st Edition

Editors: Paul Mason Richard Gordon
Paperback ISBN: 9780128158920
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 2029
Page Count: 550
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Table of Contents

Exoplanets – What Have We Found and What is on the Horizon?
1. Kepler’s Planet Discoveries and Beyond
Natalia Batalia
2. Tess Planet Finder for Nearby Stars
George Ricker

Habitability of Exoplanets
3. Updated Habitable Zone Definitions
J. Laconte
4. The abundance of non-water seas in rocky worlds
Fernando J. Ballesteros
5. The Binary Habitability Mechanism
Jorge Zuluaga

Detection of Biomarkers vs. False Positives
6. Can lightning spectra be a biomarker for Earth-like exoplanets?
Aleksandra Ardaseva
7. Detectability of open seas and their reflection spectra on exoplanets
Pieter Visser
8. Challenges of reading biomarkers from exoplanet atmospheres during transits
Abraham Loeb

The Origin of Organic Matter and Life, In-situ or Panspermia?
9. A survey of solar system and galactic objects with pristine surfaces that record history and perhaps panspermia, with a plan for exploration
Branislav Vukotic and Richard Gordon
10. Panspermia: A panoply of possibilities
Clement Vidal

Extremophiles – Alternate Evolutionary Pathways
11. Can there be a Rogue Earth?
Chaitanya Giri
12. Comparison of the multidimensional niches inhabited by Earth extremophiles with the multidimensional spectrum of exoplanets
Adrienne Kish and Charles Cockell

Life on Exoplanets over Cosmic Time
13. Habitable and super-habitable exoplanets
Paul A. Mason


Earth-like Exoplanets, Volume Three reviews the rapidly expanding study of exoplanets and what these new worlds have revealed regarding planet types located in diverse circumstellar and planetary environments. Currently, Earth remains the only example for life on planets, but other Solar System bodies - Venus, Mars, and the Moon - provide important information about where and when life is possible. As life on Earth and the lack of detected life on bodies in, or near, the habitable zone of the Sun supply much of what is directly known about astrobiology, the possibilities of finding life out there is ripe for new discovery.

Key Features

  • Includes a broad ranging survey of the emerging field of exoplanets and the potential for life in the Universe
  • Offers both a comprehensive introduction to, and a modern review of, the coupled field of exoplanet astrobiology
  • Highlights exoplanet reviews from experts in the field


Investigators in any area of exoplanets or astrobiology, who will find this book to be both a comprehensive introduction to and a modern review of the coupled field of exoplanet astrobiology. Exoplanet enthusiasts, without the astrobiology component, will also be attracted to this book because it will include expert exoplanet reviews


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About the Editors

Paul Mason Editor

Paul A. Mason is a Professor at New Mexico State University and the Director of Picture Rocks Observatory and Astrobiology Research Center. He obtained two B.S. degrees from the University of Arizona—Astronomy and Physics & Mathematics, where he founded the University of Arizona astronomy club. He received a Masters in Physics from Louisiana State University and a PhD in Astronomy from Case Western Reserve University, where he received the Towson Memorial Scholarship. Professor Mason has been a teacher and researcher at the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University, Dona Ana Community College, and received the prestigious David Lovelock teaching award. His research includes observations of accreting white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. These observations utilized both ground-based and spaced based telescopes fromradio to gamma-rays. Most recently, he has been theoretically investigating planetary habitability constrained by high energy radiation, especially concerned with the potential for habitability of Earth-like planets orbiting moderately close binary stars. His wrote the seminal paper on enhanced habitability in binary star systems with J. Zuluaga, P. Cuartas and J. Clark who have an online habitability calculator and most recently, Mason Biermann introduced the Supergalactic Habitable Zone concept.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, New Mexico State University and Director, Picture Rocks Observatory and Astrobiology Research Center, USA

Richard Gordon Editor

Richard Gordon is a Theoretical Biologist at the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory (Panacea, FL), as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI). Dr. Gordon was Professor at the University of Manitoba until his retirement in 2011. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Oregon under Terrell Hill. He has edited 16 academic books and special issues plus two monographs. He was summoned twice to the Canadian Parliament to testify as an expert scientific witness on the grant system. Dr. Gordon has published over 200 peer reviewed articles in mathematics, engineering, physics and chemistry. He wrote the first paper on diatom nanotechnology, founding that field. He started the field of adaptive image processing and published on algal biofuels, computed tomography, AIDS prevention, neural tube defects, embryo physics, and research and social ethics. His interest in astrobiology dates back to work on the Orgueil meteorite as an undergraduate in Edward Anders' lab at the University of Chicago. The full list of publications by Richard Gordon is available at He may be reached at Dr. Richard Gordon Retired from the University of Manitoba Theoretical Biologist. Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Adjunct Professor, C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth & Development Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Wayne State University

Affiliations and Expertise

Embryogenesis Center, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory, Panacea, FL, USA