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95) comes from a scientist who conducts astrobiological research: his search for the space origins of life on Earth has led to many years of research, experimentally tracing the sequence of events which lead to interactions of carbon-based molecules.
Olson is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a member of UCLA's Astrobiological Society.
Likewise, the limitations on space and weight for rocket payloads strongly supports miniaturization of analyzers designed for astrobiological tasks.
Though this study was undertaken for the purpose of planetary protection, the scientific arguments will also be valuable in guiding future astrobiological investigations on Mars," says journal Editor-in-Chief, Sherry L.
Chris McKay, a senior editor of the journal Astrobiology, who is based at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, said that landing on the surface of Europa would be a key step in the astrobiological investigation of that world.