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Detecting the elemental and molecular signatures of life: Laser-based mass spectrometry technologies

Whitepaper #087 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: laboratory studies; life and prebiotic organics; technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
Detecting the elemental and molecular signatures of life: Laser-based mass spectrometry technologies

This whitepaper highlights the advantages that laser-based mass spectrometry offers for the in situ detection of chemical biosignatures on planets and moons. Future planetary lander and rover missions should be encouraged to make use of laser-based mass spectrometry instruments in their scientific payload.


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