Alien Life 101

With the recent landing of Mars rover Curiosity, the world is wondering, what will NASA find on the red planet? While you patiently await news of extraterrestrials, you can now learn what the search for intelligent life beyond Earth is all about.

In January 2013, Coursera is teaming up with the University of Edinburgh to provide students with a new course: Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life. The course, run by Charles Cockell, Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh, will cover everything from what defines “life” on other planets to how we search the universe for extraterrestrials.

Best of all, this college level, online course is free! While you won’t receive college credit for the 5 week program, you’ll walk away with a course completion certificate and tons of knowledge on the search for life outside our planet.

Check out the course introduction video and let us know in the comment section below what you think of the recent Mars landing and the “Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life” class!