Special Issue "Planetary Exploration of Habitable Environments"

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Astrobiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Astrobiology Group, Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Technical University Berlin, Germany
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Interests: planetary habitability; astrobiology; evolutionary biology; extreme environments; geobiology; space missions
Guest Editor
Dr. Alberto G. Fairén

Centro de Astrobiología, CSIC-INTA, Madrid, Spain; Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
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Interests: Mars evolution; Mars robotic exploration; hydrogeology; geochemistry; mineralogy; astrobiology

Special Issue Information

Planetary exploration is moving at a fast pace as we learn about the environmental conditions on various planetary bodies in our solar system and beyond. Habitable conditions, at some time during the history of the solar system, have been proposed to have existed on Mars, Venus, and a number of icy moons of the outer solar system, some of which may still exist today. For this update of the Life Special Issue, we particularly encourage submissions describing habitable conditions on planetary bodies, and of how life could have interacted with them, as well as, a description of the analogue environments on Earth from which we can learn about possible adaptations and life strategies on other planets and moons.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch
Prof. Alberto G. Fairén
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Life is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 650 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • planets
  • moons
  • habitability
  • analog environment
  • exploration
  • astrobiology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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