Astrobiology and Space Exploration

Astrobiology and Space Exploration (Winter 2010, Stanford Univ.). This is a collection of 16 video lectures given by Professor Lynn Rothschild and other scientists and astronauts, on astrobiology and space exploration. This course discusses evolution in the context of space and time, focusing on the emergence of life in a planetary context on Earth and possibly elsewhere as well as the evolution of intelligence and the search for it elsewhere. And also it deals with the biological, psychological, sociological, and philosophical issues of human space exploration.

Lecture 01
Lecture 02 - From Astrochemistry to Astrobiology
Lecture 03 - The Search for other Earths and Life in the Universe
Lecture 04 - What is Life?
Lecture 05 - Evolution
Lecture 06 - Life in Extreme Environments
Lecture 07 - How Predictable is Evolution?
Lecture 08 - Catastrophic Impacts in Earth's History
Lecture 09 - The Search for Life on Mars
Lecture 10 - Darwin's Birthday
Lecture 11 - Life Beyond Its Planet of Origin
Lecture 12 - Biologically Reversible Exploration
Lecture 13
Lecture 14 - Advanced Life Support Systems
Lecture 15 - A Human Place in Outer Space
Lecture 16 - A Life with SETI