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DAVID BAKER

How did the Earth come to be the only place in the solar system (so far as we know) that is capable of supporting life? What are the evolutionary and geological factors that make it so special? And will it remain that way, or will the forces that forged it one day engineer its destruction? David Baker unpicks the extraordinary series of interlocking factors that brought the Earth into being and made it uniquely suited to harbouring complex life, from its ability to sustain large quantities of liquid water, its protective magnetic shield and atmospheric shroud, its dynamic, ever-shifting tectonic plates, and its omnipresent single Moon. He also examines the forensic evidence for how we know what we know about the Earth, and looks at what the future holds for us all.

Format: hardback, 270 x 215 x 17 mm

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DAVID BAKER

How did the Earth come to be the only place in the solar system (so far as we know) that is capable of supporting life? What are the evolutionary and geological factors that make it so special? And will it remain that way, or will the forces that forged it one day engineer its destruction? David Baker unpicks the extraordinary series of interlocking factors that brought the Earth into being and made it uniquely suited to harbouring complex life, from its ability to sustain large quantities of liquid water, its protective magnetic shield and atmospheric shroud, its dynamic, ever-shifting tectonic plates, and its omnipresent single Moon. He also examines the forensic evidence for how we know what we know about the Earth, and looks at what the future holds for us all.

Format: hardback, 270 x 215 x 17 mm

About the author

Author Dr David Baker worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programmes between 1965 and 1990. He has written more than 100 books on space flight and military technology and is the former editor of Jane’s Space Directory and Jane’s Aircraft Upgrades. In 1986 he was made a member of the International Academy of Astronautics by NASA manned flight boss George Mueller and is a member of the US Air Force Association and The Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He received the 1998 Rolls-Royce Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year and in 2005 he was a recipient of the Arthur C Clarke Award. David is currently the editor of SpaceFlight, the monthly space news magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, of which he is a Fellow. He lives in East Sussex, England, with his wife Ann.