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Mars and the search for traces of life - conference

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posted on Nov, 16 2007 @ 10:00 PM
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Hi,

I thought you could find this interesting:


16 November 2007
The European Mars Science & Exploration Conference: Mars Express and ExoMars has just concluded.


We present interviews with selected experts on the hot topic: Mars and the search for traces of life.


Jean-Pierre Bibring

Mars Express OMEGA Principal Investigator and ExoMars Microscope co-Team Coordinator, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, France
Subjects: Mars mineralogy and surface water evolution
Read interview transcript

Agustin Chicarro

Mars Express Project Scientist, ESA-ESTEC, Netherlands
Subjects: Mars Express mission and science overview, Mars geology and planetary evolution
Read interview transcript

Roberto Orosei

Roberto OROSEI, Ma_Miss infra-red spectrometer (ExoMars drill) Team, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica (IASF), Italy
Subjects: Exomars drill operations & subsurface mineralogy
Read interview transcript

John Parnell

ExoMars Life Marker Chip Science Team and Associate Scientist for ExoMars Raman-LIBS Team, University of Aberdeen, UK
Subjects: Exobiology and biomarkers
Read interview transcript

Jeffrey Plaut

Mars Express MARSIS co-Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
Subjects: Martian subsurface sounding, underground water inventory
Read interview transcript

Jorge Vago

ExoMars Project Scientist, ESA-ESTEC, Netherlands
Subjects: ExoMars mission and science overview, Martian space environment
Read interview transcript

Frances Westall

ExoMars Microscope co-Team Coordinator, CNRS, France
Subjects: Exobiology, origin of life during planetary history, extreme environments
Read interview transcript

Source:
www.esa.int...


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posted on Nov, 16 2007 @ 10:07 PM
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Good post. I realize that your quote seems a bit large, but I hope the mods leave it, as some people need to see it here because on dial-up it might take a while.

From looking at this group, one would think that the search for exobiological traces are being taken seriously.



posted on Nov, 16 2007 @ 10:16 PM
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Are these guys aware that Mars has a population of 600 million people, right?



posted on Nov, 16 2007 @ 10:20 PM
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Originally posted by NGC2736
reply to post by internos
 


Good post. I realize that your quote seems a bit large, but I hope the mods leave it, as some people need to see it here because on dial-up it might take a while.

From looking at this group, one would think that the search for exobiological traces are being taken seriously.


Thank you, NGC2736, i hope it will be leaved too

Yes, these guys knows what they're doing, IMHO: the interviews are interesting to say the least



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posted on Nov, 16 2007 @ 10:23 PM
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They're only looking for one celled life, nothing considered advanced is being counted. Unless there are politicians there, the population will be above their interest level.



posted on Nov, 21 2007 @ 06:14 AM
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Originally posted by TheoOne
Are these guys aware that Mars has a population of 600 million people, right?


How could you possibly know that?



posted on Nov, 21 2007 @ 06:15 AM
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Don't live too much under the rock.



posted on Nov, 21 2007 @ 11:25 AM
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Reading the interviews, it seems that those involved with have a high expectation of finding some sign of past organic activity on Mars. While there is no outright statement to that effect, it seems to be a strong undercurrent with them.

However, no one seems to expect anything of a complex nature to have evolved in the time frame when Mars is considered to have been more hospitable to life as we know it.

I certainly hope there are some surprises. It is in the surprise findings that great leaps forward in understanding take place.



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