Since its formation nearly five billion years ago, our planet has been the sole living world in a vast and silent universe. Now Earth's isolation is coming to an end. Over the past two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of "exoplanets" orbiting other stars, including some that could be similar to our own world. Studying those distant planets for signs of life will be crucial to understanding life's intricate mysteries right here on Earth.
In a firsthand account of this unfolding revolution, Lee Billings draws on interviews with top researchers. He reveals how the search for other Earth-like planets is not only a scientific pursuit but also a reflection of our culture's timeless hopes, dreams, and fears.
This is a compelling story of the pioneers seeking the meaning of life in the infinite depths of space.
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"Lee Billings laments the funding woes of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) project: No one's looking for life on other planets anymore. Still, he has great passion for the subject. The effects of space journeys on humans, the Hubble space telescope, and commercial exploration are among the topics he looks into. He narrates his own writing with a sense of wonder, making the search for life something that's human, not a mess of scientific calculations. He paints poetic mental pictures of the hunt for unknown planets and possible life elsewhere in the universe, making it interesting and easy to follow. Listeners with an interest in space exploration will want to hear Billings's work. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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