How Methanogens Could Survive On Mars Despite Low Temperatures
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Rebecca L. Mikol is currently an American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Postdoctoral Fellow at the US Naval Research Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Space and Planetary Sciences from the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas in August 2017. Her graduate research focused on microbiology, specifically, methanogen growth and survival under martian conditions.

                       

How Methanogens Could Survive On Mars Despite Low Temperatures

Mars is typically considered too cold and dry to harbor any extant lifeforms. However, on Earth, microorganisms such as bacteria are found in the most extreme of environments, including under the Antarctic ice shelf and in the Atacama Desert. The ongoing discoveries of water in various forms on and under the martian surface, ranging from subsurface ice to briny liquids creating dark streaks on the sides of crater walls, suggest that water is more abundant on the planet than previously...

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The search for life in the universe has far-reaching effects, as it would bring into question our place as humans in the cosmos. The sheer size of the universe and the wide range of environments we find species in on Earth make it highly plausible that we may find life within the various conditions present on other planets and moons in our solar system. The proximity of Mars, along with evidence of liquid water flowing on its surface, has made...

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