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Physico-chemical survival pattern for the radiophile D. radiodurans: a polyextremophile model for life on Mars
Author(s): Robert C. Richmond; Raj Sridhar; Y. Zhou; Michael J. Daly
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Paper Abstract

The two Viking missions of the 1970's are a testimony to the success of our technological capability when it is driven by consuming curiosity and sense of adventure. In the case of Viking, the national spirit in the United States supported an assemblage of equally spirited expertise within NASA to determine if life existed on Mars, and within the defined science of those missions to establish if conditions on Mars might support life. The technological successes of Viking led to a confusion of interpretations for the issue of life on Mars. This confusion in turn led to polarities in the scientific community and a subsequent resting period of some years for the enthusiasm required to support continued investigation of the potential existence of life on Mars, and indeed elsewhere in our solar system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1999
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3755, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology II, (30 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.375078
Show Author Affiliations
Robert C. Richmond, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Raj Sridhar, Howard Univ. (United States)
Y. Zhou, Howard Univ. (United States)
Michael J. Daly, Uniformed Services Univ. of Health Sciences (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3755:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology II
Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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