Special Issue "Life on Mars"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 April 2020).
Interests: life in extreme environments; desert cyanobacteria under space and simulated planetary conditions; cyanobacterium-based life support
Potentially habitable worlds are usually defined in terms of three basic requirements: the presence of liquid water, the availability of biogenic elements, and a free energy source. Because of its numerous Earth-like features, Mars is the most intriguing planet of our solar system. Habitability conditions occurred in the past due to the presence of riverbeds, lakes, and even of an ocean on the northern hemisphere. Today, Mars is cold and dry; nevertheless, water activity might still occur in some near-surface environments, and subsurface liquid water was detected at the south pole. Extant/extinct life could potentially occur in niches shielded against the harmful effects of solar and cosmic radiation and protected from perchlorates, reactive chemical oxidants, occurring on the Martian soil.
For this update of the Life Special Issue, submissions are encouraged that describe the survival limits and adaptation potential of extremophiles exposed to simulated conditions in space or on the ground. Biosignature-detection technologies enabling future life-detection missions are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Daniela Billi
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- life on Mars
- space missions
- space technologies
- ground-based simulations
- analog environments
- radiation, perchlorates