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Commission 51: Search for Extraterrestrial Life

  • M. D. Papagiannis, F. D. Drake, N. S. Kardashev, R. D. Brown, P. Connes, G. D. Gatewood, L. Goldberg, J. Jugaku, G. Marx, F. Pacini, M. J. Rees and V. S. Troitsky...

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The possibility that life, primitive or advanced, might exist in other places of the Universe has occupied the minds of scientists and lay-people for thousands of years. It is only in the last 25 years, however, that we have finally begun to search for answers to this profound question using experimental techniques. The goal of Astronomy is to understand the origin and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies and of the Universe as a whole. The appearance of life is an integral part of this whole process and our picture of the Universe will never be complete until we will comprehend also the significance of life in the process of Cosmic Evolution.

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