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BiologySolar SystemsMicrobiologyAstrobiology

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Approx. 15 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Romanian, German

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Life and Its Origins

10 videos (Total 132 min), 3 quizzes
10 videos
Introduction17m
History of Astrobiology20m
What is Life?20m
Life on Earth13m
Structure of Life: Building Blocks9m
Structure of LIfe: Cells14m
Origins of Life: Building Blocks11m
Origins of Life: Location11m
Origins of Life: Alternative Chemistries11m
3 practice exercises
Introduction and History of Astrobiology20m
Life: The Basics40m
Origins of Life40m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Life on Earth

7 videos (Total 82 min), 2 quizzes
7 videos
Conditions on the Early Earth 12m
Evidence of Early Life7m
The Tree of Life9m
Life in Extreme Environments18m
The Rise of Multicellularity13m
The Great Oxidation Event17m
2 practice exercises
Life on the Early Earth40m
Life Through Time40m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Habitable Environments Elsewhere in our Solar System?

7 videos (Total 71 min), 2 quizzes
7 videos
The Search for Life on Mars10m
Mars as a Location for Life15m
Could We All be Martians?7m
Europa7m
Enceladus6m
Other Icy Bodies14m
2 practice exercises
The Habitability of Mars40m
Life and Icy Bodies38m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

The Search for Habitable Exoplanets

5 videos (Total 36 min), 2 quizzes
5 videos
Types of Planets8m
Biosignatures of Life in Exoplanet Atmospheres8m
How to Look for Biosignatures6m
Missions to Search for Biosignatures6m
2 practice exercises
The Search for Exoplanets40m
Biosignatures on Exoplanets40m
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Top reviews from L'exobiologie et la recherche de vie extraterrestre

By ELOct 12th 2015

Very interesting and engaging course. There are longer and more in-depth courses if you want them but if you want a concise overview of astrobiology on your own time, then this course is perfect!

By AHJan 18th 2016

Great course, Charles does a great job teaching the course! opens up the possibilities of the origins of life and other possible life in our solar system and universe. thanks to Coursera.

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Charles Cockell

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Astrobiology

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