The Book Club

Is there alien life in our own solar system?

36 min listen

In This Episode

Is there life, as David Bowie wondered, on Mars? In this week’s Book Club podcast my guest is the astrobiologist Kevin Peter Hand, author of a fascinating new book Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space. Kevin explains how and where we’re currently looking for extraterrestrial life in our own solar system – and why on the basis of sound science he’s optimistic that we’ll find it. He tells us about the brilliantly ingenious scientific deduction that has established that there exist oceans of liquid water deep under the icy shells of moons of Saturn and Jupiter, why it’s quite possible to suppose that aliens might be living in those oceans – and how we can even speculate about what those aliens might look like. And if Kevin’s old schoolmate Elon Musk is listening, he has a favour to ask…


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