Zoé Magazine number 4. Mars: astrobiological objective

The scientific community and, in particular, the astrobiological community, considers the study of Mars as a fundamental objective to understand the origin and evolution of life in the universe. The Red Planet has become the best scenario to find answers to one of the great questions of humanity. Is there life similar to Earth, even if less evolved, in other parts of the universe?

After decades of exploration, we know that Mars had abundant liquid water, volcanic activity and evidence of tsunamis in its primitive sea caused by meteorite impacts or large water ice glaciers.

The exploration missions currently on Mars and the new ones scheduled for 2018 and 2020 (Insight and Mars2020 of NASA and ExoMars 2020 of ESA) will allow us to know even better the planet.

Astrobiologists are convinced that there is still much to investigate using robotic on-site exploration missions. The study of extremophile microorganisms and terrestrial environments analogous to those discovered on Mars are allowing us to design instrumentation and new exploration mission concepts for the search for life traces. We are living decisive moments in the planetary exploration and great and exciting discoveries are coming.


All this will be discussed in the new edition of the Zoé Magazine edited by the CAB, which will be available soon for download on the Astrobiology Center website.


 

Fuente: UCC-CAB

 

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