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Lunar astrobiology: a review and suggested laboratory equipment

Gronstal, Aaron; Cockell, Charles S.; Perino, Maria Antonietta; Bittner, Tobias; Clacey, Erik; Clark, Olathe; Ingold, Olivier; De Oliveira, Catarina and Wathiong, Steven (2007). Lunar astrobiology: a review and suggested laboratory equipment. Astrobiology, 7(5) pp. 767–782.

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In October of 2005, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Alcatel Alenia Spazio released a “call to academia for innovative concepts and technologies for lunar exploration.” In recent years, interest in lunar exploration has increased in numerous space programs around the globe, and the purpose of our study, in response to the ESA call, was to draw on the expertise of researchers and university students to examine science questions and technologies that could support human astrobiology activity on the Moon. In this mini review, we discuss astrobiology science questions of importance for a human presence on the surface of the Moon and we provide a summary of key instrumentation requirements to support a lunar astrobiology laboratory.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
ISSN: 1557-8070
Keywords: lunar astrobiology; human lunar exploration; instrumentation; microbiology; planetary protection
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 10415
Depositing User: Aaron Gronstal
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 12:50
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