Identification of extraterrestrial microbiology using fluorescent analysis techniques

Michael Flynn, Linda Powers, Barry Pyle

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One of the key questions addressed in the field of Astrobiology is based upon the assumption that life exists, or at one time existed, in locations throughout the universe. However, this assumption is just that, an assumption. No definitive proof exists. On Earth, life has been found to exist in many diverse environments. We believe that this tendency towards diversity supports the assumption that life could exist wherever environmental conditions are right to support it. There are several locations within our Solar System which might support environments which are conducive to life. However, to conclusively establish the existence of life in such locations we must be capable of sensing generic life forms. This paper provides a summary of several innovative techniques based on the use of fluorescent analysis for the direct detection of extraterrestrial life forms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAE Technical Papers
StatePublished - 1999
Event29th International Conference on Environmental Systems - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Jul 12 1999Jul 15 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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