Special Issue "Anaerobic Microorganisms in Mars"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019
Space exploration missions to Mars, such as the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity rover), have confirmed the past presence of water as well as habitability conditions on Mars. At the same time, methane plumes on the red planet identified by several authors (e.g. Formisano, MSL-Curiosity mission) open the question about the potential for life to exist on Mars. The presence of methane is an open and unsolved question. Methane gas at the Martian surface has a shorter lifetime; therefore, its presence must be sustained by the regular production of methane by some source. Could it be of biological origin? At this moment, we are in the condition to debate about the real-life potential to exist on Mars. From a metabolic point of view, anaerobic microorganisms open the possibility of an ecological niche on the Mars subsurface.
This special issue on anaerobic microorganisms in Mars opens the debate about the real possibilities of a metabolic niche in Mars. Articles containing experiments run on simulation chambers, Earth analogues, and discussions of Martian habitability are welcome.
Dr. Felipe Gómez
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