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Original Date: 2 Jul 2001 17:43:46 -0000
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We've got company
Astronomer David Darling talks about the controversial science of
astrobiology and the near-certainty that extraterrestrial life forms
exist in our solar system.
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By Suzy Hansen
June 29, 2001 | We earthlings have long fantasized, feared and hoped
that we're not alone in the universe. Yet somehow, our dreams of alien
life only seem to feature the UFO-flying variety of creature. In "Life
Everywhere: The Maverick Science of Astrobiology," astronomer (and
author of about 40 science books) David Darling contends that "life"
encompasses more than E.T. and the green-skinned go-go girls of "Star
Trek." Bacterial life-forms from other planets have the potential to
profoundly affect our understanding of the cosmos, as well as
ourselves. Darling expertly explores the accomplishments and goals of
this young, controversial science and looks with great optimism to the
possibility of discovering life on Mars, on the moons of Jupiter and
even on planets outside our solar system.
Darling spoke to Salon from his home in Brainard, Minn.
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