New publication includes essay by Professor Jim Bell
On July 19, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences released a new volume of the journal Daedalus, titled “Science in the 21st Century,” in which 10 prominent scientists explore emerging advances in their fields and respond to the question, “What secrets will science unlock in the coming decades?”
Among the essays included in the volume is: “The Search for Habitable Worlds: Planetary Exploration in the 21st Century,” by Professor Jim Bell.
In “The Search for Habitable Worlds: Planetary Exploration in the 21st Century,” astronomer and planetary scientist Jim Bell foresees huge breakthroughs within the coming decades in the quest for life-supporting environments beyond Earth. He notes that recent discoveries of organisms able to thrive in environments previously believed too harsh to support life–miles below the ocean’s surface and deep in the Earth’s crust, for example–broaden the possibility that habitable environments exist on other planets. Planetary scientists, Bell writes, have “a list of the ‘greatest hits’ destinations” within our own solar system that will be observable through “more capable (and complex) human exploration.”
Print and Kindle copies of the Summer 2012 Daedalus can be ordered at: http://www.amacad.org/publications/daedalus/12_summer_cover.pdf