Mars’ organic carbon may have originated from a series of electrochemical reactions between briny liquids and volcanic minerals, according to new analyses of three Martian meteorites from a team led by the Geophysical Laboratory’s Andrew Steele published in Science Advances.

Astrobiology, Geochemistry

NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered new “tough” organic molecules in three-billion-year-old sedimentary rocks on Mars, increasing the chances that the record of habitability and potential life could have been preserved on the Red Planet, despite extremely harsh conditions on the surface that can easily break down organic molecules.

Astrobiology

The Geophysical Laboratory's weekly seminar series continues with Ram Krishnamurthy of Scripps. He will present, "Reconciling Prebiotic Chemistry with Biological Chemistry - Destiny versus Destination in Origins of Life Research."

Planetary Science

Our Broad Branch Road Spring Neighborhood Lecture Series continues with Carnegie's Observatories Director John Mulchaey.  Mulchaey will present, "Eyes on the Universe: Carnegie’s Leadership in Astronomy Today."

Astrobiology

The Geophysical Laboratory's weekly seminar series continues with Carl Agee from the University of New Mexico.  He will present, "NWA 7034 aka Black Beauty: Unique Water-rich Meteorite from Ancient Mars."

Astrobiology, Mineralogy, Planetary Science

Washington, DC— A team of scientists including Carnegie’s Dina Bower and Andrew Steele weigh in on whether microstructures found in 3.46 billion-year-old samples of a silica-rich rock called chert found in Western Australia are the planet’s oldest fossils.

Department

Research made by the Curiosity science team made Discover Magazine's number one science story of 2013.

Astrobiology, Planetary Science

Washington, DC—After extensive analyses by a team of scientists led by Carl Agee at the University of New Mexico, researchers have identified a new class of Martian meteorite that likely originated from Mars’s crust.

Astrobiology, Department

Washington, DC, 6 August 2012 -- NASA’s rover Curiosity, the size of a small car, touched down in a Martian crater early Monday. Geophysical Laboratory scientists are contributing to the mission.

Astrobiology, Planetary Science

Washington, DC — Molecules containing large chains of carbon and hydrogen--the building blocks of all life on Earth--have been the targets of missions to Mars from Viking to the present day.

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