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Is There Life on Mars? Lidar Device May Be Able to Tell Us.

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A biosensor currently used by the U.S. military to remotely monitor the atmosphere for potential toxins has inspired a novel device that could be used for detecting biosignatures in space. The Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument, or BILI, is a prototype of a fluorescence-based lidar that may ultimately be used in space exploration to analyze particles for organic material. Positioned on the mast of a planetary rover, BILI would scan the terrain looking for dust plumes. Once a plume was detected, pulsed light from two UV lasers would be directed at it, causing the particles inside the plume...Read full article

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