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Patrons imagine extreme environments that may exist beyond Earth and create life forms that could thrive there.

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Hints for uses in your library This activity can be set up as a passive station using the table signs, or facilitated as an in-person program. Consider providing craft materials so patrons can build a 3D version of their life form!
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Originating Source National Informal STEM Education Network
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Alien Lifesearch by David Jefferis This book presents the idea of life on other worlds showing evidence such as a meteorite that some scientists believe contains fossils of past life on Mars. It also includes sections on the origins of life, a look throughout the universe and designing an alien. For children ages 8–11.

Are We Alone? Scientists Search for Life in Space by Gloria Skurzynski
Humans have always been fascinated with extraterrestrial life. Scientists look for it using telescopes, space missions, and planet explorations. They study extremophiles, organisms that live in extreme environments on Earth, in the hopes that they will lead us to a better understanding of how life may exist in space. For children ages 10 and up.

Astrobiologist (Weird Careers in Science) by Mary Firestone
See how scientists from many different fields are all working to determine if there may be life beyond Earth. For children ages 10 and up.

Is There Life in Outer Space? by Isaac Asimov and Richard Hantula
This book transports young astronomers into a realm of speculation, hypothesis, and conjecture about the possibility of life in outer space. For children ages 8 and up.

Life in Outer Space by Kim McDonald
Topics covered include: what is astrobiology, life’s raw materials, extreme biology and searching for ET. Good images are included. Great book for children ages 7–12.

Life on Other Planets by Rhonda Donald
A comprehensive look at the question of whether there is life on other planets, from the imaginative visions of fantasy novels and science fiction movies to the facts revealed by today's cutting–edge technology. For children ages 9–14.

Mars and the Search for Life by Elaine Scott
Mars is a desolate, hostile world, with unbearably cold temperatures, no atmosphere to speak of, and violent dust storms — could there ever have been life there, in some form? For children ages 9 and up.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life by Don Nardo
Scientists have long suspected that the human race is not alone in the universe. This fascinating volume explores the scientific probabilities of extraterrestrial life and current scientific efforts to find it. For children ages 12 and up.


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Exploring the Universe: Imagining Life

Exploring the Universe: Imagining Life

Patrons imagine extreme environments that may exist beyond Earth and create life forms that could thrive there.