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Remote detection of past habitability at Mars-analogue hydrothermal alteration terrains using an ExoMars Panoramic Camera emulator
(2015-05-15) - Journal article,
A major scientific goal of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2018 rover is to identify evidence of life within the martian rock record. Key to this objective is the remote detection of geological substrates that are ...
Plausible microbial metabolisms on Mars
(2013) - Journal article,
Sophie L Nixon, Claire R Cousins and Charles S Cockell explore the possible ways in which any Martian life could get energy.
An ESA roadmap for geobiology in space exploration
(2016-01) - Journal article,
Geobiology, and in particular mineral-microbe interactions, has a significant role to play in current and future space exploration. This includes the search for biosignatures in extraterrestrial environments, and the human ...
Mars surface context cameras past, present, and future
(2016-04) - Journal item,
Mars has been the focus of robotic space exploration since the 1960s, in which time there have been over 40 missions, some successful, some not. Camera systems have been a core component of all instrument payloads sent to ...
Are thermophilic microorganisms active in cold environments?
(2015-07) - Journal article,
The mean air temperature of the Icelandic interior is below 10 °C. However, we have previously observed 16S rDNA sequences associated with thermophilic lineages in Icelandic basalts. Measurements of the temperatures of ...
Volcano – Ice Interaction as a Microbial Habitat on Earth and Mars
(2011-09) - Journal article,
Volcano-ice interaction has been a widespread geological process on Earth that continues to occur to the present day. The interaction between volcanic activity and ice can generate substantial quantities of liquid water, ...
Phosphate activation via reduced oxidation state phosphorus (P). Mild routes to condensed-P energy currency molecules
(2013-07-19) - Journal article,
The emergence of mechanisms for phosphorylating organic and inorganic molecules is a key step en route to the earliest living systems. At the heart of all contemporary biochemical systems reside reactive phosphorus (P) ...
Volcano – Ice Interaction: A Haven for Life on Mars?
(2011) - Journal article,
The PanCam instrument for the ExoMars rover
(2017-07-01) - Journal article,
The scientific objectives of the ExoMars rover are designed to answer several key questions in the search for life on Mars. In particular, the unique subsurface drill will address some of these, such as the possible existence ...
Mars analogue glaciovolcanic hydrothermal environments in Iceland : detection and implications for astrobiology
(2013-04-15) - Journal article,
Volcanism has been a dominant process on Mars, along with a pervasive global cryosphere. Therefore, the interaction between these two is considered likely. Terrestrial glaciovolcanism produces distinctive lithologies and ...