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Cafe Sci: How do we prepare on Earth for the "Search for Life" on Mars

Liane G. Benning

School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Life flourishes on Earth in the most extreme environments and organic signatures are prime targets for NASA and ESA “Search for Life” missions to Mars or elsewhere. How do we prepare our terrestrial life detection technology to search for life elsewhere?  Are Earth extremophiles good analogues for life elsewhere?

MEETING FORMAT: Our speaker talks, uninterrupted for 20 minutes, to introduce his topic. During a break to get drinks, the Hat goes round. Then there is an hour’s chaired question and answer session. Cafe Sci is funded by the Hat (no sponsors). We suggest a contribution £5 (waged) or £2 - £3 (unwaged). Full details here

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  • Richard C

    Fascinating and entertainingly put over, the subject was surprisingly wide-ranging, from why algae might be red to the psychology behind long-distance space flight via shooting Polar bears & missing aircraft! An added interest is that a friend of mine is visiting Svalbard to count reindeer this summer!

    March 17, 2014

  • Kevin

    Interesting talk, great speakerLiane, thank you.

    March 10, 2014

  • Karl R.

    This will be my first meetup with this cafe sci, but looking forward to it. Sounds interesting!

    March 8, 2014

    • Karl R.

      Sorry. Looks like I'm not going to make it. Really annoyed, but looks like I've picked up a bug. Will catch you at a later event. :-(

      March 10, 2014

  • michael

    I'm looking forward to this, I'm very interested in extremophiles !

    March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to getting some tips

    March 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Plans changed! I'm going to be there after all. Have a good week everyone.

    March 4, 2014

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