Expecting the unexpected in the search for extraterrestrial life

@article{Vickers2020ExpectingTU,
  title={Expecting the unexpected in the search for extraterrestrial life},
  author={Peter Vickers},
  journal={International Journal of Astrobiology},
  year={2020},
  volume={19},
  pages={482 - 491}
}
  • P. Vickers
  • Published 2020
  • Physics, Environmental Science
  • International Journal of Astrobiology
Abstract On p. 10 of the 2018 National Academies Exoplanet Science Strategy document (NASEM 2018), ‘Expect the unexpected’ is described as a general principle of the exoplanet field. But for the next 150 pages, this principle is apparently forgotten, as strategy decisions are repeatedly put forward based on our expectations. This paper explores what exactly it might mean to ‘expect the unexpected’, and how this could possibly be achieved by the space science community. An analogy with financial… Expand

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