Geologist Erika Rader and an International Team Prep for the Search for Life on Mars
December 10, 2020
To search more efficiently for a record of past life on Mars, it is critical to know where to look. Working on the Icelandic Askja volcano, geologist Erika Rader and colleagues used analytical instrumentation similar to those available on Mars rovers to characterize the geological features of microbial deposits and link the geology to microbial abundance and diversity. They were able to suggest a sampling strategy that accounts for Martian geology and maximizes the diversity and abundance of different bioindicators.
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