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NASA Mars 2020 to Use Spectroscopy, Fluorescence Imaging in Biosignature Analysis

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 6, 2017 — NASA's Mars 2020 mission, which will look for signs of past life on Mars, will use smart methods originally developed to find the oldest life on Earth. A concept image of the Mars 2020 Rover. Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech. The 2020 mission builds on the successes of prior rovers to make coordinated measurements that could detect signs of ancient life – or biosignatures – in their original spatial context. These techniques, known as spatially resolved biosignature analysis, derive from geochemical analysis of early life on Earth. "Previous missions to Mars have used a...Read full article

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