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On the 6th Workshop of the European Astrobiology Network Association that took place in Lyon it was presented a topic marking the difference by not trying to “Follow the Water". "Search for oil reservoirs on Mars" was the result of a deep study on the history of Mars, focused on the search for oil on the Red Planet, having into account that oil might be a reserve of organic material for potential life forms.
The topic was presented by the Portuguese Astrobiology Working Group.
It was on the behalf of the PAG that Susana Direito from the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, kindly answered some spacEurope questions.
- Your research derives from a premise inverse to the one adopted on Earth...it deals with searching oil to find life and no to dizimate it...
- Yes, effectively. It is my oppinion that we must invest more and more on alternatives to the use of oil as fuel.
The search for oil on Mars must be done, exclusively, on a astrobiological and scientific point of view.
- What might the consequences be, for a future exploration of Mars, if studies provide proofs of the existence of oil reservoirs?
- If such happens then the key word will be “caution”. As in other space missions “caution is fundamental, because there will always be a contamination problem.
Every mission being planned will need to be ver well thought.
- Any promising results so far? Are there specific locations as serious candidates?
- It is a very promising hypothesis because a deep study of the planet was undertaken.
The candidate locations are the areas where we can find dark streaks and dark features.
The choice of one of them as a target for a potential mission depends on the technical means available and the terrain caractheristiques.
- You have made reference to the use of MOC and MGS images in your study, could you be more specific and tell us which?
- One example is the following image...
- The dark features you made reference to are not comparable to dune fields such as El Dorado...how is the distinction made?
- The dark slope streaks to which I make reference are as the one in the image example, differencing itself from the surrounding terrain due to its darker tone and appearing like liquid flows.
Originally posted by Quarantine
reply to post by super70
Just a tidbit, the zigzag photo is a PSP [Paint Shop Pro] file which means someone likely photoshopped it. It COULD have been opened in Paint Shop for enhancement, just thought it'd throw it out there.