The Astrobiology Primer v2.0

  title={The Astrobiology Primer v2.0},
  author={Shawn D. Domagal-Goldman and Katherine E. Wright and Katarzyna P Adamala and Leigh Arina de la Rubia and Jade Bond and Lewis R. Dartnell and Aaron D. Goldman and Kennda Lynch and Marie-Eve Naud and Ivan G. Paulino-Lima and Kelsi Singer and Marina Walter-Antonio and Ximena C. Abrevaya and Rika Anderson and Giada Arney and Dimitra Atri and Armando Az{\'u}a-Bustos and Jeff S. Bowman and William J. Brazelton and Gregory A. Brennecka and Regina Carns and Aditya Chopra and Jesse Colangelo-Lillis and Christopher J. Crockett and Julia DeMarines and Elizabeth A. Frank and Carie Frantz and Eduardo de la Fuente and Douglas Galante and Jennifer Glass and Damhnait Gleeson and Christopher R. Glein and Colin Goldblatt and Rachel Horak and Lev Horodyskyj and Bet{\"u}l Kaçar and Akos Kereszturi and Emily Knowles and Paul Mayeur and Shawn McGlynn and Yamila Miguel and Michelle Montgomery and Catherine Neish and Lena Noack and Sarah Rugheimer and Eva E. St{\"u}eken and Paulina Tamez-Hidalgo and Sara Imari Walker and Teresa Wong},
  pages={561 - 653}
1.1. What is astrobiology? Astrobiology is the science that seeks to understand the story of life in our universe. Astrobiology includes investigation of the conditions that are necessary for life to emerge and flourish, the origin of life, the ways that life has evolved and adapted to the wide range of environmental conditions here on Earth, the search for life beyond Earth, the habitability of extraterrestrial environments, and consideration of the future of life here on Earth and elsewhere… 

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