The Australian Centre for Astrobiology was founded by Prof. Malcolm Walter in July 2001 at Macquarie University, and then moved to the University of New South Wales in 2008. It is the only centre of astrobiological research in Australia and is an Associate Member of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, one of only two in the world. The ACA also has close links with the European Space Agency and other international space agencies and institutions around the world.
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NASA’s Prebiotic Chemistry and Early Earth Environments Consortium (PCE3) hosted a seminar series focussing on showcasing early career researchers, including graduate students and postdocs.
ACA Director Martin Van Kranendonk and ACA member Dr Laura McKemmish comment on NASAs recent announcement of two new missions to explore the atmosphere and crust of Venus in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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The ACA is pleased to announce publication of a new Elsevier book on Mars called “Mars Geological Enigmas. The seventeen chapters of the book addresses particularly beguiling and long-standing questions about Mars’s geological history from diverging and converging perspectives. Some of the keynote subjects are:
Dr Steve Ruff – aka “The Mars Guy” – spells out the latest in findings and activities of NASA’s Perseverance Rover. For years, Steve has been involved in Mars exploration, as a participating scientist on the Spirit and Curiosity rovers.