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: 2017-09-10
Postdoctoral Position in Mars Astrobiology

Abstract submission deadline: 2017-08-31
International Academy of Astronautics: 21st Humans in Space Symposium

Abstract submission deadline: 2017-08-15
SoCIA 2018: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology

Registration and abstract submission deadline: 2017-07-31
7th ASB Conference: "Habitability beyond the Earth"

Early registration deadline: 2017-10-24
51st ESLAB Symposium: “Extreme Habitable Worlds”

EANA 2017 Programme online

The programme of the EANA 2017 conference in Aarhus, Denmark, is now online.

Added 7 Jul 2017
MASE Newsletter
The MASE - Mars Analogues for Space Exploration Newsletter, April 2017, is now available for download.

Added 21 Apr 2017
Open call for experiments on the AMADEE-18 Mars Analog Mission in Oman
Simulating Mars human-robotic surface activities in terrestrial analogs has evolved into an efficient tool for developing exploration mission architectures. These simulations seek to understand the advantages and limitations of future human planetary missions, add value for the development of remote science operations, and help to understand the constraints and opportunities of the technology and workflows.
After 11 previous international Mars analog mission simulations, the Austrian Space Forum has established a field campaign infrastructure and associated workflows in the field of human-robotic mission simulations. The next major international Mars exploration simulation is planned to be in the South of Oman (February 2018) with the collaboration of the Oman National Steering Committee. There is an open call for experiment proposals for this mission in the fields of robotics, geosciences, operations, human factors and astrobiology emulating the search for life on Mars.

Submissions of proposals MUST reach the Austrian Space Forum office ( via Email not later than 30 June 2017 in electronic form.

For more information about the open call, please visit

Added 10 Mar 2017
EANA 2017 Aarhus

Dear fellow Astrobiologists,

A warm welcome to you all to come to EANA17.

The conference will take place 14-17 August, 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark. Among the many interesting and relevant topics for astrobiology, EANA17 emphasizes “Exoplanets”, a new and exciting field in the search for extraterrestrial life.

We are looking forward to seeing you all in Aarhus in August for an inspiring conference!

Professor Kai Finster
Kai.Finster (at)

Added 26 Jan 2017
Astrobiology conference: links to recorded lectures
All lectures of the « Search for life: from early Earth to Exoplanets » conference and training school, which took place in Quy Nhonhon december 9-16th, are now online available at

Added 21 Jan 2017

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Cottin et al. (2017): Space as a Tool for Astrobiology: Review and Recommendations for Experimentations in Earth Orbit and Beyond

Space Science Reviews 2017, 2017, 1-99, DOI:10.1007/s11214-017-0365-5

Link to open access paper

The space environment is regularly used for experiments addressing astrobiology research goals. The specific conditions prevailing in Earth orbit and beyond, notably the radiative environment (photons and energetic particles) and the possibility to conduct long-duration measurements, have been the main motivations for developing experimental concepts to expose chemical or biological samples to outer space, or to use the reentry of a spacecraft on Earth to simulate the fall of a meteorite. This paper represents an overview of past and current research in astrobiology conducted in Earth orbit and beyond, with a special focus on ESA missions such as Biopan, STONE (on Russian FOTON capsules) and EXPOSE facilities (outside the International Space Station). The future of exposure platforms is discussed, notably how they can be improved for better science return, and how to incorporate the use of small satellites such as those built in cubesat format.
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