New Frontiers in Astrobiology

New Frontiers in Astrobiology

1st Edition - June 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Rebecca Thombre, Parag Vaishampayan
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128241622

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New Frontiers in Astrobiology presents a simple and concise overview of the new and emerging field of Astrobiology. A wide range of topics from History of Astrobiology, Big Bang, Prebiotic chemistry, Theories of Origin of Life, and Extreme environments on Earth and Quest for Intelligent life in Space are covered. The hallmark of this book is that it takes critical perspectives to analyze new Frontiers in Astrobiology post Mars 2020/ExoMars missions that encompass the latest developments in detection of biosignatures and habitability beyond our Solar system (Exo moons, exoplanets). This book will be a valuable resource for students, researchers and scientists who seek greater insights in understanding the current status and future of astrobiology.

Key Features

  • Explores background and historical developments in Astrobiology
  • Provides concise, cutting-edge reviews on fundamental questions on the origin and distribution of life on Earth, habitability beyond Earth, and the future of life on Earth
  • Integrates contemporary and critical views on new frontiers in Astrobiology


Researchers, scientists, and graduate students in the fields of astrobiology. Astrophysicists, astrochemists, astronomers, geologists, engineers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Astrobiology: History, Philosophy and Future trends
    2. Future Trends in Astronomy and Big Bang Research. Origin of Solar System, Formation of planets, Accretion, Nice Model, Formation of Earth, Geological Evolution of Earth, Geochemistry, Tectonic plates and effect on Evolution
    3. Prebiotic Chemistry (From Dust to Molecules to Building Blocks of Life)
    4. Future of Prebiotic Chemistry
    5. Organics in Meteorites, Comets and Space and its Contribution to Evolution of life on earth
    6. Origin of Life: Current hypothesis and future perspectives Abiogeneisis, Biogenesis, Theory of Cosmozoic, Panspermia, Litho-panspermia, Darwinism, Lamarckism, Modern Theories Future outlook of Evolution
    7. Extremophiles in Astrobiology
    8. Habitability Beyond the earth Astrobiology of Mars, Venus, Europa, Enceladus and Icy moons
    9. Microbes in Space
    10. Future of Space Colonization beyond Earth
    11. Applications of Synthetic Biology in Astrobiology
    12. Applications of Omics in Life detection beyond Earth
    13. Planetary protection: Scope and Future challenges
    14. Future trends in Life Detection Methods: Spectroscopy, Raman and Future technologies to study Life in Outer Space
    15. Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Astrobiology

Product details

  • No. of pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: June 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128241622

About the Editors

Rebecca Thombre

Dr. Rebecca Thombre is Visiting Researcher at University of Kent, UK and an Assistant Professor in Biotechnology at Modern College, Pune, India. She has holds an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in Microbiology from University of Mumbai. Her doctoral research focused on studying extremozyme CGTase from alkaliphiles isolated from Lonar lake, a meteorite impact crater. She was the Principal Scientific Investigator for projects on Astrobiology and Lithopanspermia funded by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) - SPPU Space Technology cell. She has process patent in Nanotechnology and published more than 50 articles including popular science articles, peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and contributed 8 book chapters in edited books published by Apple Academic Press, Taylor and Francis CRC Press and Elsevier. Her research focusses on Astrobiology studies related to the physiology and response of extremophiles to space-related stress and simulated Mars conditions like perchlorate, salinity, hypergravity, microgravity, hypervelocity, shock waves, and impact stress.

Affiliations and Expertise

Blue Marble Space and University of Kent, UK

Parag Vaishampayan

Parag Vaishampayan joined JPL in 2008 as a Caltech postdoctoral fellow and then got hired as a staff scientist (2011) at Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group (BPPG). His current research focus is on development and implementation of advanced molecular techniques to detect and characterize the microbial diversity of extreme environmental niches on earth and in space, encompassing Icelandic hot springs, stratospheric air samples, high altitude caves, Deep mine, hydrothermal vents and International Space Station (ISS) to name few. He is instrumental in developing several novel molecular approaches and bioinformatics analysis tools, which are widely used by microbial ecologists. He is a leading microbial ecologist and bioinformatician working in the field of Astrobiology and planetary protection. He is also interested in applying the unique technologies developed at JPL Planetary Protection group for solving challenging problems in medical research (breast cancer, Antibiotic resistance) through JPL’s Medical Engineering Forum initiative. His research findings will allow NASA to implement efficient microbial decontamination and sterilization techniques during the future spacecraft assembly process. At present, he is supporting planetary protection implementation activities of InSight, M2020, and Psyche missions. Results of his research work have appeared in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and several (more than 50) presentations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group, Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA

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