"If you didn't know that truffles like oak forests, you might spend a lot of time looking for them in pine forests and never find a truffle." He says he hopes organisms with a different genetic code can help astrobiologists
distinguish between the planetary equivalents of oak and pine forests to root out alien species.
Cassie Conley said the exact survival time of the water bears would depend on the condition of the impact site and the temperatures to which they are exposed.
de Rebolledo a former Culture & Science journalist turned to an Astrobiologist
after five years researching in thousands of NASA pictures taken in planet Mars.
This is what the environment, in which the team had to operate, looked like during the simulated mission to the Moon, led by Slovak astrobiologist
The experiment was conducted by astrobiologist
Laurie Barge and her team by creating miniature seafloors inside the lab-"mini-oceans", in other words.
Dr Rosalba Bonaccorsi, an astrobiologist
from the SETI Institute at Nasa Ames Research Centre, is in Dubai as a guest lecturer for a winter space camp being held in Abu Dhabi by Compass International.
(and S&T columnist) David Grinspoon says in our cover story on page 14, "We have no hope of making sense of those [exo-Venus] observations without getting a handle on the Venus-Earth dichotomy."
Professor Kirk Schulze-Makuch, from Washington State University, said: "If liquid water and a significant atmosphere were present on the early moon for long periods of time, we think the lunar surface would have been at least transiently habitable."
"This paper really seals the deal," Daniel Glavin, astrobiologist
at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre who was not involved in the study, was quoted as saying.
"There's a direct path from the conclusions of our work to the possible discovery, which would be a historic one, of life elsewhere," said senior author David Catling, a planetary scientist and astrobiologist
at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Not a single personal insult was uttered by any member of the crew during the whole of the "mission" that ended on September 17, claimed astrobiologist
Sam Payler, 28, a Phd student at the University of Edinburgh.