School will study alien life

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PUPILS are to be given a chance to explore extra-terrestrial life as part of a unique summer school in the 
Capital.

Edinburgh University’s astrobiology summer academy will give 15 pupils aged 16-18 the opportunity to work with scientists and learn about key scientific challenges.

Young people from across Britain will learn about various aspects of astrobiology, which focuses on the origins and limits of life.

These will include how planets form and how life adapts to extreme environments, such as the deep sea or Antarctica.

Pupils will also gain insights into whether life exists elsewhere in the universe and the likelihood of human bases on other planets and moons.

Professor Charles Cockell, head of the university’s UK Centre for Astrobiology, said: “We hope this summer school will give students a taste of how exciting science can be, especially in the context of real and important challenges, and perhaps will encourage some to consider a career in science or technology.”