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The Search for Signatures of Life and Habitability on Planets and Moons of Our Solar System

Funke, Oliver and Horneck, Gerda (2018) The Search for Signatures of Life and Habitability on Planets and Moons of Our Solar System. In: Biological, Physical and Technical Basics of Cell Engineering Springer Nature. pp. 457-481. ISBN Print:978-981-10-7903-0; Online:978-981-10-7904-7.

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Official URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-7904-7_20


In the endeavor to search for signs of extraterrestrial life within the Solar System our neighbor planet Mars and the moons Europa and Enceladus of the outer planets are the most promising candidates. For this purpose, the German Aerospace Center DLR is developing the following devices for in situ exploration: VaMEx (Valles Marineris Explorer), a network of small rovers and walking/crawling and flying robots, to explore the deep canyon of Mars; and the ice-moles EurEx (Europa Explorer) and EnEx (Enceladus Explorer) for the exploration of the subglacial oceans of Europa and Enceladus. The realization of those projects (e.g., VaMEx mission by 2035, and EurEx mission not before 2050) requires their involvement in a global exploration program, comparable to the program of the Global Exploration Roadmap, which has been developed by 14 space agencies with the final goal of bringing human explorers to Mars.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121495/
Document Type:Book Section
Title:The Search for Signatures of Life and Habitability on Planets and Moons of Our Solar System
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Funke, OliverGerman Aerospace Center (DLR), Space Administration, Navigation, Bonn-Oberkassel; Oliver.Funke (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Horneck, GerdaRadiation Biology Department, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany; Gerda.Horneck (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:12 April 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Biological, Physical and Technical Basics of Cell Engineering
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.1007/978-981-10-7904-7_20
Page Range:pp. 457-481
Publisher:Springer Nature
ISBN:Print:978-981-10-7903-0; Online:978-981-10-7904-7
Keywords:extraterrestrial life, planets and moons of our solar System, devices for in situ exploration
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 - Forschung unter Weltraumbedingungen
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Strahlenbiologie
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Space Administration
Deposited By: Kopp, Kerstin
Deposited On:27 Nov 2018 09:09
Last Modified:27 Nov 2018 09:09

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