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Habitable potentials


The question of the possibility of life beyond Earth, as framed by the Drake equation, can be quantified to show that habitable environments for life as we know it are commonplace in the Galaxy.

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Fig. 1: Growing catalogue of exoplanets.
Fig. 2: Habitable but not necessarily inhabited.


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These ideas benefited from discussions with E. A. Frank (First Mode), O. Abramov (Planetary Science Institute), R. Brasser (Origins Research Institute, Budapest) and S. C. Werner (Univ. Oslo). I thank M. E. Brown (Caltech) for his elaboration of Sedna-like TNO populations. N. H. Sleep (Stanford) provided valuable perspective.

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Mojzsis, S.J. Habitable potentials. Nat Astron 5, 1083–1085 (2021).

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