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Aspicilia fruticulosa: One of the Most Resistant Organisms to Outer Space Conditions and Mars Simulated Environment

Sánchez, F. J. and De la Torre, R. and Sancho, L. and Mateo-Martí, E. and Martínez-Frías, J. and Horneck, G. (2010) Aspicilia fruticulosa: One of the Most Resistant Organisms to Outer Space Conditions and Mars Simulated Environment. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, 40 (6), p. 546. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s11084-010-9215-0 .

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Abstract

Lichens have been proposed as one of the groups of organisms able to cope with outer space conditions. This is based on the fact that they are extremophiles. Vagrant lichens or erratic lichens live unattached to the substrate and are well known from the continental deserts and arid areas of Middle Asia, Eurasia, North America and Northern Africa. For this work we have selected Aspicilia fruticulosa, a vagrant lichen that typically develops a globular fruticose and compact thallus up to 2.5 cm diameter. We have selected this lichen species to test the survival capacity to harsh space conditions in the Lithopanspermia experiment, which was integrated on board of Biopan (Foton M3 satellite, September 2007), a facility developed by ESA to expose exo-astrobiology experiments to space environment in a low Earth orbit (LEO).

Document Type:Article
Title:Aspicilia fruticulosa: One of the Most Resistant Organisms to Outer Space Conditions and Mars Simulated Environment
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Sánchez, F. J. Earth Observation Department, INTA. Ctra. de Ajalvir, Km. 4, Torrejón de Ardoz, 28850 Madrid, Spain
De la Torre, R. Earth Observation Department, INTA. Ctra. de Ajalvir, Km. 4, Torrejón de Ardoz, 28850 Madrid, Spain
Sancho, L. Departamento de Biología Vegetal II, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad Complutense, E-28040 Madrid, Spain
Mateo-Martí, E. Centro de Astrobiología, INTA-CSIC, Torrejón de Ardoz, 28850 Madrid, Spain
Martínez-Frías, J. Centro de Astrobiología, INTA-CSIC, Torrejón de Ardoz, 28850 Madrid, Spain
Horneck, G.UNSPECIFIED
Date:2010
Journal or Publication Title:Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres
Refereed publication:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:40
DOI:10.1007/s11084-010-9215-0
Page Range:p. 546
Publisher:Springer
Status:Published
Keywords:Lichens, Aspicilia fruticulosa, survival, exposure to space conditions, Lithopanspermia, Mars
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen (old)
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W FR - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Strahlenbiologie (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Deposited By: Kerstin Kopp
Deposited On:26 Nov 2010 12:14
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 20:15

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