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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 ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Volcanogenic Fluvial-lacustrine environments in Iceland and their utility for identifying past habitability on Mars
(2015-02-16) - Journal article
The search for once-habitable locations on Mars is increasingly focused on environments dominated by fluvial and lacustrine processes, such as those investigated by the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. The availability ...
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, ...