The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Astrogeology Science Center has released locations of more than a thousand cave-entrance candidates on Mars. The dots indicate the location of possible caves in the Tharsis region on Mars.
Credit: USGS



Strategies to explore for present life on Mars are blossoming as researchers are actively doubling-down in furthering the search for extant life on the Red Planet.

An international group of experts recently met in Carlsbad, New Mexico to discuss what next in the effort to determine if life has been, or is now, resident on the Red Planet.
Credit: Barbara David

And for good reason: New research approaches, including improved knowledge of Mars’ geologic diversity and history, better appreciation of life in extreme environments here on Earth, and sharp focus on top-notch measurement methods to detect and confirm Martian life – all of this has bolstered search tactics.



A recently held international confab of experts tackled the “what next” in life on Mars investigations and gathering at the National Cave and Karst Research Institute in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

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