Whitepaper #084 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: habitability and water; life and prebiotic organics; Mars
The multiply substituted isotopologues of methane have great potential as a widely applicable bio-signature throughout the Solar System. Understanding these species will inform future missions to Mars and icy moons. Developing this new tool is thus a moderate risk, but high potential payoff proposition.