There and Back Again: Biosignature Detection in Terrestrial Analog Environments for Mars Sample Return I

Tuesday, 16 December 2014: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Primary Convener:  Michael L Tuite Jr, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
Co-conveners:  Kenneth H Williford, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, Alexandra Pontefract, University of Western Ontario, Earth Sciences, London, ON, Canada and Haley M Sapers, University of Western Ontario, Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, London, ON, Canada

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

4:00 PM
The Mars 2020 Mission: The Next Step Forward in Mars Exploration
Michael A Meyer, NASA HQ, Washington, DC, United States and Mitchell D Schulte, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, United States
4:15 PM
Exploration for Evidence of Habitable Environments and Life on Mars Can Benefit from Research in Analog Environments
David J Des Marais, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, United States
4:30 PM
Capturing Evidence for Past Life in the Martian Loess
Peter H Schultz1, R. Scott Harris2, Simon J Clemett3, Kathie L Thomas-Keprta3 and Marcelo Zárate4, (1)Brown University, Providence, RI, United States, (2)Southeastern Planetary Research & Petrography, Loganville, GA, United States, (3)ESGC/Jacobs, at NASA/JSC, Houston, TX, United States, (4)Instituto de Ciencias de la Tierra y Ambientales de la Pampa, La Pampa, Argentina
4:45 PM
Search for Life in Deep Time and Space: The role of Precambrian rocks in analogue research
Barbara Sherwood Lollar1, Chelsea N Sutcliffe1, Christopher J Ballentine2, Tullis C Onstott3, Chui Yim Maggie Lau3, Cara Magnabosco3, Greg Franklin Slater4 and Duane P Moser5, (1)University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, (2)University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford, United Kingdom, (3)Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States, (4)McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, (5)Desert Research Institute Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, United States
5:00 PM
In situ Raman spectroscopy and confocal microscopy of 2.5-billion-year-old fossil microorganisms: viable nondestructive techniques for the study of returned Martian samples
Andrew D Czaja, University of Cincinnati Main Campus, Department of Geology, Cincinnati, OH, United States and Kira Lorber, University of Cincinnati Main Campus, Cincinnati, OH, United States
5:15 PM
SHERLOC: Scanning Habitable Environments With Raman & Luminescence for Organics & Chemicals, an Investigation for 2020
Luther W Beegle1, Rohit Bhartia2, Lauren P DeFlores3, Sandy A Asher4, Aaron S Burton5, Samuel M Clegg6, Pamela Gales Conrad7, Kenneth S Edgett8, Bethany L Ehlmann9, Falko Langenhorst10, Marc Fries5, Kenneth H Nealson11, Jürgen Popp12, Pablo Sobron13, Andrew Steele14, Roger C Wiens15 and Kenneth H Williford3, (1)JPL, Pasadena, CA, United States, (2)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (3)Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (4)University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Campus, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, (5)NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, United States, (6)Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, United States, (7)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (8)Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, CA, United States, (9)California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, United States, (10)Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Jena, Germany, (11)University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (12)Friedrich-Schiller University, Institute for Physical Chemistry & Abbe School of Photonics, Jena, Germany, (13)SETI Institute Mountain View, St. Louis, MO, United States, (14)Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC, United States, (15)Space Science and Applications, Los Alamos, NM, United States
5:30 PM
Seeking Ancient Microbial Biosignatures With PIXL on Mars 2020
Abigail Allwood1, Joel Hurowitz2, Lawrence Wade A Wade1, Robert P Hodyss1 and David Flannery1, (1)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (2)Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, United States
5:45 PM
The Value of Analog Research in the Search for Life
Mary A Voytek, NASA, Washington, DC, United States
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