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NASA Test Bed for Growing Earth Life on Mars to be developed

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Posted in Science on 16th Jun, 2014 12:19 AM by AlexMuller

A Mars Ecopoiesis Test Bed concept is proposed for development in a program concluding with a device for studying the survival of terrestrial life forms on the surface of Mars prior to planetary engineering. Ecopoiesis is initiating life in a new place; more precisely, the creation of an ecosystem to support life.

 

It is the concept of initiating “terraforming” using physical, chemical and biological means including the introduction of ecosystem-building pioneer organisms. The proposed concept will be subjected to extensive laboratory testing directed toward the ultimate emplacement of a test bed on (in) the surface of Mars to test (demonstrate) the activity of pioneer organisms selected on the basis of research on earth.

 

To achieve this a device is proposed to penetrate and surround a sample of Martian regolith at a carefully selected site likely to experience transients of liquid water , completely seal itself to avoid planetary contamination, release carefully selected earth organisms (extremophiles like certain cyanobacteria), sense the presence or absence of a metabolic product (like O2), and report to a Mars-orbiting relay satellite.

 

This will be the first major leap from laboratory studies into the implementation of experimental (as opposed to analytical) planetary in-situ research of greatest interest to planetary biology, ecopoiesis and terraforming.


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-16
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It seems that plans to eventually colonised Mars are gathering momentum in many areas. Being able to support some life forms in contained spaces would be very helpful. This needs to be done very carefully Reply


 

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