IJA special issue: Astrobiology field research in Moon/Mars analogue environments
Publication date: 01 Jul 2011
Journal: International Journal of Astrobiology
Copyright: Cambridge University Press 2011
The International Journal of Astrobiology is a peer-reviewed forum, covering cosmic prebiotic chemistry, planetary evolution, the search for planetary systems and habitable zones, extremophile biology and experimental simulation of extraterrestrial environments, Mars as an abode of life, life detection in our solar system and beyond, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, the history of the science of astrobiology, as well as societal and educational aspects of astrobiology.
This special issue is devoted to 'Astrobiology field research in Moon/Mars analogue environments' (Editors: BH Foing, C. Stoker, P. Ehrenfreund).
Abstract: Extreme environments on Earth often provide similar terrain conditions to landing/operation sites on the Moon and Mars. Several field campaigns (EuroGeoMars2009 and DOMMEX/ILEWG EuroMoonMars from November 2009 to March 2010) were conducted at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. Some of the key astrobiology results are presented in this special issue on 'Astrobiology field research in Moon/Mars analogue environments' relevant to investigate the link between geology, minerals, organics and biota. Preliminary results from a multidisciplinary field campaign at Rio Tinto in Spain are presented.
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