Life after shock: the mission from Mars to Earth

Meyer, C.; Stöffler, D.; Fritz, J.; Horneck, G.; Möller, R.; Cockell, C. S.; de Vera, J. P. and Hornemann, U. (2006). Life after shock: the mission from Mars to Earth. In: 69th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society, 6-11 Aug 2006, Zurich, Switzerland.



Extract from introduction: The minerals of the Martian meteorites collected so far indicate an exposure to shock waves in the pressure range of 5 to 55 GPa [1]. As terrestrial rocks are frequently inhabited by microbial communities, rocks ejected from a planet by impact processes may carry with them endolithic microorganisms, if microbial life existed/exists on this planet.

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