The Astrobiology Center again at the Madrid Scientific End
05-28-2015

The VI Scientific Fin de Madrid will have the activity
"Looking for life in the Universe" with which the CAB intends to make closer the
Astrobiology.

Madrid is once again a scientific festival. Next weekend, on the 30th and 31st of May, the VI Scientific Weekend organized by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and the National Museum of Science and Technology (MUNCYT) is celebrated, this year with the light as the main protagonist at the International Year of Light.

As in previous years, the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) participates in this new edition of the Scientific End with its informative activity "Looking for LIFE in the Universe ". The attending public will have the opportunity to learn about the scientific activity that takes place in the CAB. Not only can you discover what are the processes of cryomagmatism that occur in the icy moons of the Solar System such as Europe, Jupiter, Enceladus, Saturn, or Triton, in Neptune, you will also know what instruments are used to detect life on Mars or how meteorite impacts occur and what information can be obtained from your study. All this, in addition, with the active participation of the assistants, so that they will be able to carry out some of the experiments themselves.

But the Mobile Laboratory of the CAB will be the star of this activity. It consists of a fully equipped truck to study the different life forms that occur in extreme conditions: the so-called extremophiles. Using a medical simile, it is like a mobile ICU but focused on the detection of life forms in conditions similar to those of Mars. This mobile laboratory is the one used in the study campaigns carried out by the CAB in Rio Tinto, an area of ​​extremely acid waters in the province of Huelva, the best analogue of Mars that we have on Earth.

More than 40 educational centers throughout Spain participate in the Finde, museums and research centers such as the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the Spanish Society of Optics, the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN), the Museum Geominero, the Royal Botanical Garden or the ALBA synchrotron of light, among others. All have prepared more than 200 activities, workshops and games so that visitors to this fair in Alcobendas learn about science and technology.

The meeting will take place on May 30 and 31, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. , in the esplanade of Pintor Murillo Street, 15 next to MUNCYT, in Alcobendas.
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Figure 1: CAB mobile laboratory at the Scientific End. Credits: CAB.

Figure 2: Poster of the VI Scientific End. Credits: MUNCYT

Contact

Luis Cuesta , Chief of the Scientific Culture Unit,
Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA)

Unit of Scientific Culture of the CAB

 

Fuente: UCC-CAB

 

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