San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
12 - 16 August 2012
Conference 8521
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XV
Tuesday - Wednesday 14 - 15 August 2012
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Abstract Due:
30 January 2012

Author Notification:
9 April 2012

Manuscript Due Date:
18 July 2012

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Monday 13 August Show All Abstracts
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Monday 13 August 2012
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Conv. Ctr. Exhibition Hall B2
Wavelet analysis of the Viking LR data
Paper 8521-26
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Tuesday 14 August Show All Abstracts
Chairs' Welcome and Introductions
Tuesday 14 August 2012
8:00 AM - 8:10 AM
Session 1:
Astrobiology of Mars
Tuesday 14 August 2012
8:10 AM - 9:10 AM
Stealth life detection instruments aboard Curiosity (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-1
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Evidence of oil and gas hydrates within planet Mars: early biogenic or thermogenic sources from the Martian soils and deeper sediments near the deltas (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-2
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Session 2:
Biomolecules, Microfossils, and Microorganisms in Carbonaceous Meteorites
Tuesday 14 August 2012
9:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Origins of the L-amino acid excess in carbonaceous meteorites (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-3
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Microbiological study of the Murchison CM2 meteorite
Paper 8521-4
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Microfossils, biomolecules and biominerals in carbonaceous meteorites: implications to the origin of life (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-5
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Session 3:
Microfossils and Microorganisms in Ancient Rocks
Tuesday 14 August 2012
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Early Precambrian weathering crusts of Baltic shield from bacterial-paleontological point of view (Invited Paper)
(Canceled)
Paper 8521-6
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Microscopic and microbiological investigations of Mississippian sylvite
Paper 8521-7
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Session 4:
Prebiotic Chemistry and the Origin of Life I
Tuesday 14 August 2012
1:40 PM - 3:10 PM
On the laws for the emergence of life from the abiotic matter (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-8
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Big bang or continuous creation: does life have multiple origins?
Paper 8521-9
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Fluid mechanics leads to life in the universe
Paper 8521-10
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GTOs and HGT: genes are older than expected and can be installed by horizontal gene transfer, especially with help from viruses
Paper 8521-11
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Session 5:
Prebiotic Chemistry and the Origin of Life II
Tuesday 14 August 2012
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM
Application of the organic on water reactions to prebiotic chemistry (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-12
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Coacervates as prebiotic chemical reactors
Paper 8521-13
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Session 6:
Exoplanets and Astrobiology
Tuesday 14 August 2012
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Improved atmospheric 3D BSDF model in earthlike exoplanet using ray-tracing based method (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-14
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When did Earth appear habitable? (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-15
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Life in the Cosmos
Tuesday 14 August 2012
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: Marriott Hotel, Marina E

Panel Moderators: Richard B. Hoover, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr.; N. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Univ. of Buckingham (United Kingdom)

Panelists: Michael H. Engel, The Univ. of Oklahoma; George E. Fox, Univ. of Houston (United States); Gilbert V. Levin, Arizona State Univ.; Joseph D. Miller, The Univ. of Southern California (United States); Alexei Yu. Rozanov, Paleontological Institute (Russian Federation); Charles V. Rice, The Univ. of Oklahoma; Michael C. Storrie-Lombardi, Kinohi Institute (United States)

Does life exist only on Earth, or is it a cosmic imperative and widely distributed throughout the Cosmos? This is the fundamental question of Astrobiology. It is now well established that life exists in Earth wherever liquid water, biogenic elements and a source of energy co-exist. A recent study of red dwarf stars carried out at the European Southern Observatory has revealed that tens of billions of rocky, Earth-sized planets with the potential for liquid water probably exist in the Milky Way galaxy alone. Astrobiologists, biochemists, microbiologists, and paleontologists continue to investigate the origin of pre-biotic and chiral biomolecules and life and the distribution of water and life on Earth and in the Cosmos. The 2012 SPIE Life in the Cosmos Panel will review recent discoveries in Astronomy, Microbiology, and Astrobiology and discuss their implications with members of the audience.
Wednesday 15 August Show All Abstracts
Session 7:
Microbial Extremophiles
Wednesday 15 August 2012
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Evolution of Archaea in 3D modeling (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-16
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Cryoprotection from lipoteichoic acid (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-17
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Nucleotide fluctuation in extremophilic cold-adapted sequences and their degradation codes (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-18
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Long-term exposure of bacterial cells to simulated microgravity (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-23
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Session 8:
Comets, Moons, Primordial Planets, and Astrobiology
Wednesday 15 August 2012
10:30 AM - 12:40 PM
Role of primordial planets in the present epoch (Invited Paper)
Paper 8521-19
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Extraterrestrial life contradicts dark energy
Paper 8521-20
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Carbonaceous chondrites as bioengineered comets
Paper 8521-21
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Measurements of charging of individual micron-size dust grains by electron impact
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Paper 8521-22
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Origins of life and biological evolution: the symbiogenic connection‬
(Canceled)
Paper 8521-24
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Comets as parent bodies of CI1 carbonaceous meteorites and possible habitats of ice-microbes
Paper 8521-25
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