Biocompatibility of the simulated Martian environment for Terrestrial organism
Future long-duration space missions raise a lot of challenging questions. Can terrestrial organisms survive in a Mars environment, and what are the physical and chemical limits for Life? Biocompatibility of the Martian environment for terrestrial organisms is of particular interest for Astrobiology and space exploration.
In that sense, we propose to study adaptation and survival strategies of microorganisms in a simulated Martian environment. This will imply the study of the ability of bacteria to produce and maintain spores and their mechanisms of adaptation to those unfavorable environments. This experiment could allow for the collection of precious information for biocompatibility of the Martian environment for Terrestrial organisms, establish a model for those studies, and figure out the probabilities and limitations for life to be distributed among planets of Solar System.