Lecturer: Dr Chris McKay (NASA Ames Research Center, USA) Date: 2006-05-11 13:25 Place: Aulan
Life on Mars: Past, Present and Future
Mars appears to be cold dry and dead world but early in its history it had liquid water, more active volcanism, and a thicker atmosphere. The main question in the exploration of Mars is the search for a independent origin of life on that planet. Ecosystems in cold, dry locations on Earth --- such as the Antarctic --- provide examples of how life on Mars might have survived and where to look for fossils. It is possible that at some time in the future we might recreate a habitable climate on Mars, returning it to the life-bearing state it may have enjoyed early in its history.
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