KECK INSTITUTE FOR SPACE STUDIES

       


Abstract:

The search for solar system and extrasolar environments containing liquid water is well underway, and with some success (Europa, Enceladus). But what about environments in which organics and energy are available, and the liquid medium is non-aqueous? Are such environments of interest as hosts for very exotic kinds of biochemistries?

This short course will review one such well-known environment and explore the techniques by which one might search for a kind of life whose basic biochemistry is poorly or not known.