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Desert cyanobacteria: potential for space and Earth applications.

Billi, D. and Baqué, M. and Verseux, C. and Rothschild, L. and de Vera, Jean Pierre Paul (2017) Desert cyanobacteria: potential for space and Earth applications. In: Adaption of Microbial Life to Environmental Extremes Springer. pp. 133-146. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-48327-6_6. ISBN 978-3-319-48327-6.

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Cyanobacterial-dominated hypolithic and endolithic communities occur in cold and hot deserts, often referred to as Mars analogues, where life is pushed to its physical limits due to extreme water deficit and challenging temperatures. The endurance of desert cyanobacteria is currently tested under ground-based space and Martian-simulated conditions as well as in low Earth orbit outside the International Space Station with the aim to: (i) understand the limits of life and potential habitability of the solar system and beyond; (ii) identify suitable biosignatures for searching for past or extant life on Mars; (iii) validate the lithopanspermia theory, i.e., the possibility of interplanetary transport of life by means of material ejected by asteroid and meteorite impacts; (iv) improve the procedures for planetary protection, to avoid contamination of bodies of interest in our solar system with terrestrial life via probes and rovers; and (v) design life-support systems for beyond-Earth settlements, eventually utilizing in situ resources, whose principles could be transferred to Earth for the development of sustainable industrial processes based on carbon dioxide, solar energy, water, and minerals.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/111537/
Document Type:Book Section
Title:Desert cyanobacteria: potential for space and Earth applications.
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Billi, D.department of biology, university of rome "tor vergata," rome, italyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Verseux, C.department of biology, university of rome “tor vergata”, rome, italyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rothschild, L.Earth Sciences Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:3 March 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Adaption of Microbial Life to Environmental Extremes
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 133-146
Keywords:Cyanobacteria, Space application, Erath application
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Planetary Evolution and Life (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Deposited By: de Vera, Dr. Jean Pierre Paul
Deposited On:18 Sep 2017 11:07
Last Modified:01 Dec 2018 19:52

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