"Ask an Astrobiologist" with Dr. Alexis Templeton

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"Ask an Astrobiologist" with Dr. Alexis Templeton

Time: July 13, 2017 from 10am to 11am
Location: http://saganet.org/page/saganlive
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Event Type: interview
Organized By: SAGANet
Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2017

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Please join us if you can Thursday, July 13th at 10:00 am US Pacific Time (5:00 pm GMT)!

"Ask an Astrobiologist" is a live interview with a renowned astrobiologist! This format is interactive and allows participants to ask questions on Twitter & SAGANet! Use #askastrobio to submit your questions before the event! Questions will still be taken via SAGANet chat!

We welcome to SAGANet Dr. Alexis Templeton, Professor of Geological Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA! Dr. Templeton is a Geomicrobiologist with expertise in microbe/mineral interactions, biomineralization, chemical imaging, spectroscopy, and isotope geochemistry You can find out more about her work here!

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Comment by Sanjoy Som on July 10, 2017 at 2:42pm

Thanks Kaleb! We'll certainly chat about the habitability of the Martian surface. Perchlorates are such strong oxidizers (like hydrogen peroxide) that biology would be severely stressed. Great question! Remind me during the event if somehow we don't address it.

Comment by Kaleb Griepp on July 8, 2017 at 8:56pm

I was wondering if she could weigh in on the recent Centre for Astrobiology research from Edinburgh, where they found that salt compounds in the martian soil contain large amounts of UV radiation to kill perchlorates in the soils, thereby making it much more difficult to grow bacteria on the Red Planet?

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-04910-3

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