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ICAMSR will be reviewing books on the subjects of the search for life in the universe and planetary protection issues.

Read the description of The Biological Big Bang

The Biological Big Bang: Panspermia and the Origins of Life

Read the book online at The National Academies Press

Assessment of NASA's Mars Architecture 2007-2016 — Committee to Review the Next Decade Mars Architecture, National Research Council

Read reviews and excerpts of Mars: The Living Planet

The first book review in the series is ICAMSR Executive Director Barry E. DiGregorio's Mars: The Living Planet. This highly readable "science story" examines the evidence for and against life on Mars today–specifically, microbial life, as sought by the biology experiments of the 1976 Viking Mission to Mars.

Read reviews of Astronomical Origins of Life - Steps Towards Panspermia

Fred Hoyle's and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe's new book Astronomical Origins of Life - Steps Towards Panspermia. Two of the pioneers of the modern version of panspermia – the theory that comets disperse microbial life throughout the cosmos – trace the development of their ideas through a sequence of key papers. A logical progression of thought is shown to lead up to the currently accepted viewpoint that at least the biochemical building blocks of life must have derived from comets. The authors go further, however, to argue that not just the chemicals of life, but fully-fledged microbial cells have an origin that is external to the Earth. Such a theory of cosmic life, once established, would have profound scientific as well as sociological implications. The publication of this book is all the more timely now that we are on the threshold of verifying many of these ideas by direct space exploration of planets and comets.

Read reviews of Cosmic Dragons: Life and Death on Our Planet

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, panspermia's most outspoken scientist advocate, describes in his new book that extinction level events are not always the result of impacting celestrial bodies. Instead he suggests that possibility that these events are caused by microbes hitchhiking rides in cometary dust.



RECOMMENDED READING

Review of the MEPAG Report on Mars Special Regions (2015)

Review of the MEPAG Report on Mars Special Regions (2015) - Planetary protection is a guiding principle in the design of an interplanetary mission, aiming to prevent biological contamination of both the target celestial body and the Earth. The protection of high-priority science goals, the search for life and the understanding of the Martian organic environment may be compromised if Earth microbes carried by spacecraft are grown and spread on Mars. This has led to the definition of Special Regions on Mars where strict planetary protection measures have to be applied before a spacecraft can enter these areas.

It is available as a free download to those that register with the National Academy Press.

On Mars: Exploration Of The Red Planet 1958-1978 (NASA SP-4212)

On Mars: Exploration Of The Red Planet 1958-1978 (NASA SP-4212) is without doubt the most comprehensive history of the NASA Viking Mars missions. The book contains an absolutely amazing wealth of detailed information about the origin of the greatest planetary science mission in the history of science - project Viking. In this volume you will meet the engineers, technicians and scientists who played a major role in humanities first serach for life on Mars. This is mandatory reading for anyone who wishes to discuss the Viking mission intelligently. ICAMSR gives this historical masterpiece our highest possible recommendation.

The Martian Landscape

The Martian Landscape (NASA SP-425) provides in depth information on the Viking Lander cameras and how they carried out their photographic missions that lasted an incredible 6 years on Martian surface. Included are scores of images from Viking Landers 1 and 2. All serious students of Mars should be familiar with this book.

Lifecloud: The Origin Of Life In The Galaxy by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe (Published by J.M. Dent, London, 1978)

Diseases from Space by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe (Published by J.M. Dent, London, 1979)

Space Travellers: the bringers of life by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe (Published by Univ.Coll.Cardiff Press, 1981)

Evolution from Space by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe (Published by J.M. Dent, London, 1981)

Is Life an Astronomical Phenomenon? by Chandra Wickramasinghe (Published by Univ.Coll.Cardiff Press, 1982)

Cosmic Lifeforce by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe (Published by J.M. Dent, London, 1988)

Archaeopteryx - The Primordial Bird: A Case Of Fossil Forgery by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe (Published by Christopher Davies, Swansea, 1986)

Our Place in the Cosmos by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe (Published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London, 1993)

Life on Mars? The Case For A Cosmic Heritage by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe (Published by Clinical Press, Bristol, 1997)


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