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Visiting Base Concordia; Microbial life on Earth and its limits looking to Mars and beyond

15th September 2020, from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm

Magazzino delle Idee

Visiting Base Concordia; Microbial life on Earth and its limits looking to Mars and beyond

In the middle of the Antarctic Ice Sheet lies the Franco-Italian Concordia Station, base camp of the teams of researchers who study this remote part of the planet and are now preparing to end the long period of winter isolation. A call with the Concordia Station crew will open the conference “Visiting Base Concordia; Microbial life on Earth and its limits looking to Mars and beyond“, taking place on the 15th of September 2020, from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm, at Magazzino delle Idee (Trieste).

Prof. Silvano Onofri will then explore the link betweeen Antarctica and astrobiology, explaining how life in an extreme environment on Earth can help us study life in the universe. He will also illustrate the programs of ESA and ASI (and the network of universities and reseach bodies that these agencies finance) for the development and application of astrobiology, contributing to the search for the origin of life and the possibility of present or past life outside our planet.

The event, organized with support from INAF / Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste and in partnership with Museo Nazionale Antartide and Federazione Speleologica Regionale FVG, is part of the cycle of conferences related to “XTREME: Vivere in ambienti estremi”. Booking is mandatory, to book write to info@magazzinodelleidee.it or call 0403774783.

Photo Courtesy: Michele Maris