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Paul J. Thomas

University of Wisconsin Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Eau Claire

WI 54702-4004, USA

Christopher F. Chyba

Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, SETI Institute 2035 Landings Drive Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

Roland Dean Hicks

University of Wisconsin Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Eau Claire

WI 54702-4004, USA

Christopher P. McKay

Space Science Division Mail Stop 245-3, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field CA 94035, USA

Comet image on Front Cover: Comet Neat. Credit: Edward M. Henry; Clearview Farm Observatory; Humbird, Wisconsin. Source: <http://www.cvastro.org/clear-view/images/neat2.htm>

Paul J. Thomas et al., Comets and the Origin and Evolution of Life, Adv. Astrobiol. Biogeophys. (Springer, Berlin Heidelberg 2006), DOI 10.1007/310903490

Library of Congress Control Number: 2006925847

ISBN-10 3-540-33086-0 Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York ISBN-13 978-3-540-33086-8 Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York

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This volume is dedicated to the memory of Juan Oro (1923-2004) and

Carl Sagan (1934-96), two pioneers in the study of comets and the origins of life.

Picture by Susan Magnolia Houge, 1991. ©The University of Wisconsin System.

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