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CHARACTERIZING BULK ORGANICS IN THE DEEP ROCK SAMPLES FROM THE MARS ANALOG RIO TINTO EXPERIMENT: AN ANALOG FOR THE SEARCH FOR DEEP SUBSURFACE LIFE ON MARS

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Aug 09, 2005
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SETI Institute
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Abstract

The subsurface is the key environment for searching for life on planets lacking surface life. Subsurface ecosystems are of great relevance to astrobiology including the search for past/present life on Mars. Conditions on the Martian surface do not support biological activity but the subsurface might preserve organics and host subsurface life [1]. A key requirement for the analysis of subsurface samples on Mars is a set of simple tests to determine if the sample contains organic material of biological origin, and its potential for retaining ...

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