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Where on Mars Should We Search for Life?There is persuasive evidence that liquid water has been a significant geological processes on Mars. In particular, evidence suggests that one of the major epochs of liquid water on Mars was during and after the late heavy bombardment. During this time life originated on Earth and may have originated on Mars as well. Liquid water per se, independent of models for the temperature or atmospheric pressure, motivate the question of life. Promising sites for searching for evidence of life on Mars include dry lake beds, the ancient cratered terrain, and the South Polar permafrost. Life on Earth in environments that are analogous to those that might have provided the final refuge for life on Mars provide clues to where and how to search for evidence of past life.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
McKay, Christopher P. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA United States)
Cuzzi, Jeffrey N.
Date Acquired
August 20, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1996
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Meeting Information
28th Annual Meeting of Division for Planetary Sciences(Tucson, AZ)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 185-52-82-04
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.