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STScI Astrobiology Lecture Series

Follow Your Curiosity: The Search for Habitable Environments on Mars

Presented by: Daniel Glavin  (Planetary Environments Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Category: Science Colloquia   Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes   Broadcast date: March 01, 2013
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In this talk, Glavin will describe the concept of a “habitable environment” and the requirements for life as we know it. Understanding the basic requirements for life and the prebiotic chemistry that led to the emergence of life on Earth will help guide our search for life on Mars. Glavin will also give an overview of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission with an update on the progress of the Curiosity rover and a summary of the analytical capabilities and measurement objectives of the SAM experiment. Curiosity is currently getting ready for the first SAM analysis of a drilled rock on Mars and will take a step closer to answering the question of whether Mars could have ever supported life.