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Whitepaper #368 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: life and prebiotic organics; Mars; technology development
Preserved organic matter may be one of the best indicators of past life on Mars. We present Abzu, a mission concept with an improved life-detection strategy that builds on prior exploration of Mars and leverages lab-based organic biogeochemical techniques to determine the origin of organic matter within ancient Martian sedimentary deposits.