Impact experiments in support of “Lithopanspermia”: The route from Mars to Earth

Stöffler, D.; Meyer, C.; Fritz, J.; Horneck, G.; Möller, R.; Cockell, C. S.; Ott, S.; de Vera, J. P.; Hornemann, U. and Artemieva, N. A. (2006). Impact experiments in support of “Lithopanspermia”: The route from Mars to Earth. In: 37th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 13-17 Mar 2006, Houston, Texas.

URL: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2006/pdf/1551...

Abstract

Shock recovery experiments on a Martian analogue rock (gabbro) loaded with three types of microorganisms reveal that these organisms survive the impact and ejection phase on Mars at shock pressures up to about 50 GPa with exponentially decreasing survival rates.

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