Credit: Barbara David

The ability to make Mars on Earth is being accomplished by a specialized simulation chamber looking into the prospect of detecting life on the Red Planet.

Work is underway to investigate how hitchhiking microorganisms on spacecraft might survive, grow, and possibly adapt to the harsh environmental conditions on Mars.

NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE image of Recurring Slope Lineae (RSL) in Melas Chasma, Valles Marineris. Arrows point out tops and bottoms of a few lineae.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

 

 

Enigmatic features

New research is underway to mimic sites on Mars that could harbor microbiota today, places on the planet that contain transient or permanent liquid water near the martian surface – such as those enigmatic Recurring Slope Lineae. RSL could be shallow, subsurface liquid brines that slowly move down slope.

 

For more details, go to my new Space.com story:

Cold World, Hot Topic: Can Microbes Survive on Mars?

https://www.space.com/38193-can-microbes-survive-on-mars.html

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