ACA member Professor Belinda Ferrari and her team have discovered bacteria in Antarctica living off trace gases in the atmosphere. This has implications for possible micobial life on other worlds in the solar system. See the story here.
ACA Deputy Director, Dr Carol Oliver, made a public presentation at the Australian Academy of Science's Shine Dome as part of the Dawn of the Space Age series. The talk, Australia's role in the search for life on Mars, is on the Academy's YouTube site.
In August a panel of scientists including the ACA Director Martin Van Kranendonk talked about Mars at a special UNSW Big Questions Institute event at the Sydney Opera House. Here is the recording of that event.
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have found seven Earth-sized rocky planets in the habitable zone of a single star. The planetary system is just 40 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius.
ACA Director Prof Martin Van Kranendonk participated in the 3rd NASA Mars Rover 2020 Landing Site workshop in California. Three sites were selected from eight - Jezero Crater, NE Syrtis, and a revisit to Columbia Hills where the Rover Spirit uncovered interesting material before contact was lost with it.