Mars and Life - A Special Evening Panel Discussion

While the Curiosity mission to Mars is not designed to test for life past or present, it is very much involved in determining whether Mars could have once supported life. And the answer coming back from Gale Crater is an unequivocal "yes." The Curiosity team determined that at Yellowknife Bay, but is continuing and broadening its search for habitable environments at Mount Sharp. The question now front and center is whether that habitability was local to Gale or may well have been widespread.

Attempts to explain water loss from Mars

Abstract:  The debate about whether or not Mars ever had life upon it centers on the issue of water.

Was there water on Mars?  If so, where has it gone?  One of the explanations for the water loss focuses on the idea that the solar wind is removing the water by acceleration ionospheric ions and removing them from Mars.  

Recurring Slope Lineae: Confirmation of shallow subsurface flowing water on Mars

David StillmanAbstract:  Recurring Slope Lineae (RSL) are narrow (0.5 to 5 m) dark albedo features that incrementally lengthen down steep slopes and reoccur each year. RSL are well correlated with temperature, as they lengthen as temperature increases and fade as temperature decreases.

Extending the search for ETI communication to near-infrared wavelengths

We are poised to take advantage of a remarkable confluence of technological advances and scientific opportunity. For the first time, very fast, wide bandwidth, high-gain, low noise near-infrared avalanche photo diode (APDs) detectors are available and reasonably priced. We are designing and constructing a new SETI instrument to search for direct evidence of interstellar communications via pulsed laser signals at near-infrared (900 - 1700 nm) wavelengths.


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