Discussion and Concluding Remarks

The main thesis that we have maintained in this work is that solar activity, space climate and astrobiology should be brought within a unified framework that would include contributions from other disciplines relevant to the past of environments in the solar system. This approach naturally leads us to the suggestion of exploiting instruments and methods from somewhat dissimilar sciences (astronomy and astrobiology) with a unified objective (Messerotti and Chela-Flores, 2007a, b).

We have attempted a preliminary comprehensive discussion of how research in the conditions of the early Sun combine with observations in several disciplines giving insights into the factors that lead to the emergence of life in a given Solar system: biogeochemistry, lunar science, cosmochemistry, chemical evolution, palaeontology, palaeoanthropology, palaeoecology, geochronology and oceanography, amongst others. These considerations are necessary for a holistic approach to understand the conditions that allow life to emerge and evolve elsewhere in the universe.

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