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Civilized Life in the UniverseScientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials$
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George Basalla

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.001.0001

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Life on the Moon

Life on the Moon

(p.17) CHAPTER TWO Life on the Moon
Civilized Life in the Universe

George Basalla

Oxford University Press

Life on the Moon — an old notion — was revived by the astronomical work of Nicolaus Copernicus in the 16th century and the invention of the optical telescope in the early 17th century. Galileo Galilei reluctantly, and Johannes Kepler enthusiastically and in great detail, described lunar life and society using data collected by telescopic observation. Renewed interest in the Moon led to the making of the first detailed lunar maps.

Keywords:   Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, lunar life, lunar maps, Moon, telescope

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