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This online course (MOOC) gives an introduction to astrobiology. It discusses the origin and evolution of life and the search for life beyond the earth (extraterrestrial life).

The course explores topics such as:

  • the origins and definition of "life"
  • the development of life on Earth
  • habitable environments on other planets in the solar system; conditions that would be required
  • the search for exoplanets
  • the possibilities for intelligent life elsewhere (extraterrestrial intelligence)

The University of Edinburgh

Teacher: Professor Charles Cockell
Provided by: Coursera
Course language: English
Fees: free course
Level: beginner
Certificate possible? (fee)
Format: MOOC/online course

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