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Mars extant-life campaign using an approach based on Earth-analog habitatsThe Mars Robotic Outpost group at JPL has identified sixteen potential momentous discoveries that if found on Mars would alter planning for the future Mars exploration program. This paper details one possible approach to the discovery of and response to the 'momentous discovery'' of extant life on Mars. The approach detailed in this paper, the Mars Extant-Life (MEL) campaign, is a comprehensive and flexible program to find living organisms on Mars by studying Earth-analog habitats of extremophile communities.
Document ID
20060044141
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Palkovic, Lawrence A.
Wilson, Thomas J.
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
April 3, 2005
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Meeting Information
Space Exploration 2005(Albuquerque, NM)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
orbital surveys
robotic exploration
Mars Extant-Life (MEL)
living organisms on Mars
planet-wide exploration