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  Searching for Traces of Life With the ExoMars Rover

Vago, J. L., Coates, A. J., Jaumann, R., Korablev, O., Ciarletti, V., Mitrofanov, I., et al. (2018). Searching for Traces of Life With the ExoMars Rover. In N. A. Cabrol, & E. A. Grin (Eds.), From Habitability to Life on Mars (pp. 309-347). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

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Vago, Jorge L., Author
Coates, Andrew J., Author
Jaumann, Ralf, Author
Korablev, Oleg, Author
Ciarletti, Valérie, Author
Mitrofanov, Igor, Author
Josset, Jean-Luc, Author
Westall, Frances, Author
Sanctis, M. Cristina De, Author
Bibring, Jean-Pierre, Author
Rull, Fernando, Author
Goesmann, Fred1, Author              
Brinckerhoff, William, Author
Raulin, François, Author
Sefton-Nash, Elliot, Author
Svedhem, Håkan, Author
Kminek, Gerhard, Author
Rodionov, Daniel, Author
Baglioni, Pietro, Author
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1Department Planets and Comets, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Max Planck Society, ou_1832288              

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 Abstract: The second ExoMars mission will be launched in 2020 to target an ancient landing site interpreted to possess a strong potential for preserving the physical and chemical biosignatures of fossil martian microorganisms, if they existed there. The mission will deliver a lander with instruments designed for atmospheric and geophysical investigations and a rover tasked with searching for signs of extinct life. The ExoMars rover will be equipped with a drill to collect material from outcrops and at depth (between 0 and 2 m). This subsurface sampling capability, coupled with novel analytic instruments, will provide the best chance yet to gain access to and characterize molecular biomarkers. Starting with a brief discussion of the ExoMars program, this chapter concentrates on the ExoMars rover. We describe its scientific underpinnings, the rover configuration, its Pasteur payload, its drill, and its sample processing systems and present the reference surface mission. We conclude by addressing desirable scientific attributes of the landing-site region. Large sections of this chapter were published previously in the work by Vago et al. (2017).

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2018
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Title: From Habitability to Life on Mars
Source Genre: Book
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Cabrol, Nathalie A., Editor
Grin, Edmond A., Editor
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Publ. Info: Amsterdam : Elsevier
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 309 - 347 Identifier: ISBN: 978-0-12-809935-3
DOI: 10.1016/C2015-0-06170-6