Special Issue "Frontiers of Astrobiology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2020.
Interests: astrobiology; habitability; exoplanets; origin of life; space science; ecology; biophysics; extraterrestrial intelligence
Astrobiology is a famously transdisciplinary field that encompasses the "origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the Universe", as described by NASA. This endeavor encompasses fields as diverse as physics and astronomy on the one hand and microbiology, biochemistry, and geobiology on the other. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that astrobiology has witnessed many seminal advances over the past decade, such as the discovery of a temperate planet orbiting the star closest to the Earth, detection of complex organic molecules on several worlds inside our Solar system, breakthroughs in our understanding of prebiotic chemistry and how life may have been initiated on Earth, and noteworthy advances in our understanding of extremophiles and their capacity to survive the harsh environment of outer space.
The next decade appears equally (if not more) promising for astrobiology, with a number of major missions slated to carry out surveys of potentially habitable worlds within and outside the Solar system. Furthermore, the development of more sophisticated laboratory experiments, analytical methods, and numerical models is expected to continue apace. Hence, when viewed collectively, we find ourselves in a better position than ever before to answer that age-old and oft-quoted question, "Are we alone?", and thereby assess the prevalence of life in the Universe.
The objective of this Special Issue is to cover all realms of astrobiology, thus reflecting the inherent diversity of this field. Hence, we welcome all manner of papers—spanning both the physical and biological sciences, and ranging from experimental analyses to theoretical models—that are rigorous, comprehensive, and embody the latest developments in the field. In addition to regular research articles, review papers and hypothesis articles are also solicited for this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Manasvi Lingam
Manuscript Submission Information
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- origin of life
- extreme environments
- prebiotic chemistry
- habitable worlds
- limits of life
- space missions
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Methanogens capable of using Mars-relevant clays as sole nutrient sources
Authors: R.L. Mickol, P.I. Craig, C.L Marnocha, P.D. Archer and T.A. Kral
Title: On the Availability/Distribution of Amino Acids and Peptides throughout the Solar System
Authors: Chris J. Bennett
Affiliation: UCF Physics Department
Title: On the astrobiological relevance of Canary Islands (Spain): scientific models, instrumentation testing and outreach
Authors: Jesús Martínez-Frías
Affiliation: Instituto de Geociencias, IGEO (CSIC-UCM), C/ Del Doctor Severo Ochoa 7, Edificio Entrepabellones 7 y 8, 28040 Madrid, Spain