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If life can make it here, it can make it anywhere

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Dirk Schulze-MakuchPULLMAN, Wash. – If the origin of life is common on other worlds, the universe should be a cosmic zoo full of complex multicellular organisms. » More …

Exploring the limits of life in the universe

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

schulze-makuchPULLMAN, Wash. – Bizarre creatures that go years without water. Others that can survive the vacuum of open space. Some of the most unusual organisms found on Earth provide insights for Washington State University planetary scientist Dirk Schulze-Makuch to predict what life could be like elsewhere in the universe. » More …

Our galaxy may hold 100M complex-life-supporting planets

planets-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The number of planets in the Milky Way galaxy which could harbor complex life may be as high as 100 million, Washington State University astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch writes in a column posted this week on the Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine website.

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New book argues NASA’s Viking discovered Mars life

PULLMAN – WSU Astrobiologist Dirk Schulze-Makuch asserts that life on an alien world might well have been celebrated nearly 35 years ago in a new book, “We Are Not Alone: Why We Have Already Found Extraterrestrial Life,” written in collaboration with science writer David Darling and published last month by Oneworld Publications.

With a hindsight made possible by four subsequent decades of scientific research, Schulze-Makuch and Darling commence their hunt for alien life on the planet Mars in 1976, when NASA first placed two Viking landers on the planet’s surface to test … » More …

Astrobiologist updates book about life on other planets

PULLMAN.-The search for life on other worlds goes on, and Dirk Schulze-Makuch has a lot to say about how we should go about it.


The WSU astrobiologist has just come out with a second edition of the 2004 book he wrote with Louis Irwin of the University of Texas at El Paso. “Life in the Universe: Expectations and Constraints” was so well received that the publisher, Springer, asked him and Irwin to write a second edition just four years later.


“For someone who is really seriously interested, it became ‘the’ book on what types of life may … » More …