NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Phone: 650/604-1731, 650/604-9000
AMES TO HOST 2-DAY MARS TERRAFORMING CONFERENCE
A renowned cadre of researchers from diverse scientific disciplines will present the latest findings in terraforming Mars at a 2-day conference at NASAs Ames Research Center. The conference, "The Physics and Biology of Making Mars Habitable," will focus on restoring Mars' environment so it can support life, including possibly human life.
A Mars terraforming press briefing will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11 between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Bldg. 245, Room 215. Conference organizer and Mars researcher Dr. Chris McKay will be available to answer questions. Margarita Marinova, Julian Hiscox and Penny Boston also will be available at the briefing.
"Expanding life beyond the Earth is one of the most interesting new areas of Astrobiology" said McKay. "Re-creating a biosphere on Mars is the first step in that expansion."
Conference topics will include: near-term missions to Mars, engineering approaches to warming Mars, survival of life under Mars-like conditions, terraforming models and the problem of creating oxygen levels in a thick carbon-dioxide atmosphere.
More information, a conference agenda and a list of speakers are available at: http://web.mit.edu/mmm/www/terraforming.html
Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evoution, distribution and destiny of life in the universe. Located in Californias Silicon Valley, Ames is NASAs Center of Excellence for Astrobiology, and manages the NASA Astrobiology Institute.
Media members may pre-register by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Media should include: crew name(s), affiliation, nationality and passport number (if non-U.S.) citizens.
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