Exobiology: The Survival Ability of Halophiles under Martian Conditions

Huitung Chu, William Sheng, David C. Gan, Lawrence Kuznetz, Lunar and Planetary Institute

This report examines the ability of two halophiles isolated from San Francisco Bay to survive severe Martian conditions. The report introduces the extreme conditions on Mars and offers a brief survey of extremophiles. It then details the methods used, results obtained, a discussion, and a list of proposed future experiments. The report also features color photographs, diagrams, and charts related to the study.

Subject: Biology:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Geoscience:Lunar and Planetary Science:Mars:Life on Mars
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Hypersaline
Topics: Biosphere:Microbiology, Solar system:Mars:Life on Mars, Biosphere:Astrobiology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Planetary Science