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Search for elemental and mineral biomarkers using inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy (INSS)
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Life on Earth is characterized by a select group of low Z elements: C, H, N, O, P, K, S, Na, Cl. The presence of these elements and their ratios can provide indications of possible biogenicity and thus they may constitute valuable biomarkers that may help determine the best locations to seek more definitive evidence of life. We discuss the possible applications and significance of the inelastic neutron scattering induced gamma spectroscopy (INSGS) for future Astrobiology Missions to Mars or other solar System bodies. The general requirements and capabilities of the proposed approach are presented.

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Date Published: 10 February 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5163, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VII, (10 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.515229
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Lucian Wielopolski, Brookhaven National Lab. (United States)
Richard B. Hoover, NASA National Space Science and Technology Ctr. (United States)
Sudeep Mitra, Brookhaven National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5163:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VII
Richard B. Hoover; Alexei Yu. Rozanov, Editor(s)

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