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Mars analogues for space exploration (MASE project)

Marteinsson, V. and Cockell, C.S. and Rettberg, P. and Monaghan, E.P. and Beblo-Vranesevic, K. and Bohmeier, M. and Rabbow, E. and Schwendner, P. and Westall, F. and Gaboyer, F. and Walter, N. and Moissl-Eichinger, C. and Perras, A. and Gomez, F. and Amils, R. and Garcia, L. and Ehrenfreund, P. and Vannier, P. (2016) Mars analogues for space exploration (MASE project). Life Origins 2016: From star and planet formation to early life, 25. – 28. April 2016, Vilnius, Lithuania.

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Is life out there? In order to assess the habitability of Mars, which is (or has been) the most Earth-like planet in our Solar System, the first step is to investigate microorganisms thriving in terrestrial biotops with Mars similar conditions (0.13% O₂ in the atmosphere, low nutrients, low temperatures, high salinity and oxidising compounds, acidity) and comparable multi-stresses. The MASE (Mars analogues for space exploration) consortium is a team of researchers from all over Europe, combining a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary expertise. Five major sampling sites (dedicated campaigns: cold sulfur springs in Germany, potash mine in England, cold acidic lake in Iceland; samples already available: Rio Tinto in Spain, permafrost samples from Svaldbard) were chosen with the major goal to cultivate and characterize novel anaerobic microorganisms which are specifically adapted to harsh conditions. Samples from these different Mars analogue areas on Earth were collected and anaerobic microorganisms adapted to these extreme conditions are being isolated. These new strains will be subjected to mars-relevant environmental stress factors alone and in combination in the laboratory under controlled conditions, e.g. radiation, high salt concentrations, low water activity, oxidising compounds. The aim is to understand how combined environmental stresses affect the habitability of a number of Mars analogue environments on Earth, specifically for anaerobic organisms and to find out, if these organisms are also able to survive under Martian conditions. Crucial to assessing the habitability of any environmental system is a detailed understanding of the geological, physiochemical and biological context in which the environment is set. One of the key outcomes of MASE is a comparison and synthesis of just such a collection of context data from a varied set of Mars analogue sites. The future experiments in the MASE project aim at the identification of the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms and the comparison to other new isolates from Mars analogue environments on Earth.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/104285/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Mars analogues for space exploration (MASE project)
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Marteinsson, V.MATIS, Department of Food Safety, Environment, and Genetics, Reykjavk, IcelandUNSPECIFIED
Cockell, C.S.The University of EdinburghUNSPECIFIED
Rettberg, P.The German Aerospace Center (DLR)UNSPECIFIED
Monaghan, E.P.Leiden Institute of ChemistryUNSPECIFIED
Beblo-Vranesevic, K.The German Aerospace Center (DLR)UNSPECIFIED
Bohmeier, M.The German Aerospace Center (DLR)UNSPECIFIED
Rabbow, E.The German Aerospace Center (DLR)UNSPECIFIED
Schwendner, P.The University of EdinburghUNSPECIFIED
Westall, F.Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)UNSPECIFIED
Gaboyer, F.Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)UNSPECIFIED
Walter, N.European Science Foundation (NSF)UNSPECIFIED
Moissl-Eichinger, C.Medizinische Universität GrazUNSPECIFIED
Perras, A.Medizinische Universität GrazUNSPECIFIED
Gomez, F.Centro de Astrobiologa (INTA-CAB)UNSPECIFIED
Amils, R.Centro de Astrobiologa (INTA-CAB)UNSPECIFIED
Garcia, L.Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)UNSPECIFIED
Ehrenfreund, P.Leiden Institute of ChemistryUNSPECIFIED
Vannier, P.MATIS, Department of Food Safety, Environment, and Genetics, Reykjavk, IcelandUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Mars, Mars analogues for space Exploration, MASE Project
Event Title:Life Origins 2016: From star and planet formation to early life
Event Location:Vilnius, Lithuania
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:25. – 28. April 2016
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R FR - Research under Space Conditions
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Strahlenbiologie (old)
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Deposited By: Kopp, Kerstin
Deposited On:09 Jun 2016 15:04
Last Modified:20 Jun 2021 15:47

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