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Astrobiology on Mars: Organic Chemical Evolution on an Earth-like Planet

Whitepaper #034 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: life and prebiotic organics; Mars

Published onMar 18, 2021
Astrobiology on Mars: Organic Chemical Evolution on an Earth-like Planet

The discovery of martian organic matter is a stunning successes of the Mars exploration program. This white paper recommends that the next decade of Mars exploration prioritizes research into the chemistry, distribution, and origin of organic matter in martian geologic materials, both in situ and in samples returned to Earth


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