Astrobiology Science Conference Session on the Modern Mars Habitability

Abstracts due January 18, 2017

Meeting dates April 24-28, Mesa AZ

Modern Mars Habitability: Recent discoveries on Mars, including: Recurring Slope Lineae, ground ice, and active gully formation, have been interpreted as indications for the transient presence of water. The potential for liquid water on Mars has profound implications for the habitability of the modern Mars environment. This session solicits papers that examine the evidence for habitable environments on Mars, present results about life in analogs to these environments, discuss hypotheses to explain the active processes, evaluate issues for planetary protection, and explore the implications for future explorations of Mars.

Organizers: Carol Stoker, NASA Ames Research Center, and Alfred McEwen, LPL, University of Arizona