Exobiology in the Solar System and the Search for Life on Mars

European Space Agency (ESA)

This 180-page report of the European Space Agency offers an exobiological view of the solar system and describes the search for life on Mars. Exobiology sections include: chemical evolution in the solar system, limits of life under extreme conditions, morphological and biochemical signatures of extraterrestrial life (with usage of terrestrial analogues), potential non-Martian sites for extraterrestrial life, science and experiment strategy, and a summary of science team recommendations. Addressing the search for life on Mars, the team includes the following sections: the planet Mars, Martian meteorites, exobiology and the Mars surface environment, the search for chemical indicators of life, the inspection of subsurface aliquots and surface rocks, and final conclusions.

Subject: Biology:Evolution:Principles, Biology:Ecology:Metabolism, Principles, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Astrobiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Biogeoscience
Extreme Environments: High Radiation, Anhydrous, Anoxic, High Pressure, Acidic, Alkaline, Hypersaline, Extremely Cold, Extremely Hot
Topics: Biosphere:Evolution:Principles, Biosphere:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:Evolution:Patterns, Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats, Biosphere:Astrobiology, Ecology:Principles, Biosphere:Microbiology, Biogeochemistry, Evolution:Processes