Rocking the Cradle of Life: Join A/Prof Brendan Burns to hear about how his astrobiology group at UNSW is studying the origin of complex life using the stromatolites, ‘living rocks’, of Shark Bay in Western Australia as a model environment.
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.
Check out the full story here.
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.
As NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars, UNSW is playing a key role in the search for life on the red planet. In July 2019, Professor Martin Van Kranendonk took a team of NASA and European Space Agency scientists to the Pilbara, in the Western Australian outback.
Perseverance has landed on the crater floor, near to the olivine carbonate unit, about 1 km southeast of the delta deposits, in perfect position for its search for ancient life!
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