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Application Deadline: 2019-06-01
POSTDOCTORAL position at ISTerre, Univ. Grenoble Alpes

Application deadline: 2019-05-31
ISSI, Bern: Post-Doctoral Position in Earth Sciences for two years

Application Deadline: 2019-06-02
W2 Professor with W3 Tenure for "Molecular Botany" at TU Kaiserslautern

Abstract deadline: 2019-06-14
EANA 2019

Early bird registration deadline: 2019-08-02
EANA 2019

FORUM FOR NEW LEADERS IN SPACE SCIENCE 2019
The National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Space Studies Board of U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to invite applications to participate in the 9th and 10th Forums for New Leaders in Space Science. The Forums, initiated in 2014, are designed to provide opportunities for a highly select group of young space and Earth scientists to discuss their research activities in an intimate and collegial environment.
The 9th and 10th Forums will be devoted to Earth observation from space and planetary science (i.e., studies of the solar system's planets, satellites, and minor bodies) and will be held on 15-16 May 2019 (in Beijing, China) and 28-29 October 2019 (in Washington, DC). Application deadline is 31 January 2019.

Added 18 Dec 2018
NASA Astrobiology Program FAQs
The NASA Astrobiology Program has announced a new programmatic infrastructure. Known as Research Coordination Networks (RCNs), and first deployed as the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), RCNs bring together researchers who are funded from a variety of sources into interdisciplinary, topically-focused research groups. By early 2020, the NASA Astrobiology Program will have activated five RCNs -- four new ones plus NExSS -- each organized around a key research topic identified in the 2015 Astrobiology Strategy: prebiotic chemistry and the early Earth; early metabolism, evolution, and complexity; life detection on other worlds; habitable worlds (initially focused on ocean worlds); and exoplanet system science.

This document contains answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Astrobiology Program organized by topical areas.

Added 9 Nov 2018

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de Vera et al. (2019): Limits of Life and the Habitability of Mars: The ESA Space Experiment BIOMEX on the ISS

Astrobiology 2019, 19(2), 145–157, DOI:10.1089/ast.2018.1897

Link to open access paper

BIOMEX (BIOlogy and Mars EXperiment) is an ESA/Roscosmos space exposure experiment housed within the exposure facility EXPOSE-R2 outside the Zvezda module on the International Space Station (ISS). The design of the multiuser facility supports—among others—the BIOMEX investigations into the stability and level of degradation of space-exposed biosignatures such as pigments, secondary metabolites, and cell surfaces in contact with a terrestrial and Mars analog mineral environment. In parallel, analysis on the viability of the investigated organisms has provided relevant data for evaluation of the habitability of Mars, for the limits of life, and for the likelihood of an interplanetary transfer of life (theory of lithopanspermia). In this project, lichens, archaea, bacteria, cyanobacteria, snow/permafrost algae, meristematic black fungi, and bryophytes from alpine and polar habitats were embedded, grown, and cultured on a mixture of martian and lunar regolith analogs or other terrestrial minerals. The organisms and regolith analogs and terrestrial mineral mixtures were then exposed to space and to simulated Mars-like conditions by way of the EXPOSE-R2 facility. In this special issue, we present the first set of data obtained in reference to our investigation into the habitability of Mars and limits of life. This project was initiated and implemented by the BIOMEX group, an international and interdisciplinary consortium of 30 institutes in 12 countries on 3 continents. Preflight tests for sample selection, results from ground-based simulation experiments, and the space experiments themselves are presented and include a complete overview of the scientific processes required for this space experiment and postflight analysis. The presented BIOMEX concept could be scaled up to future exposure experiments on the Moon and will serve as a pretest in low Earth orbit.
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