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  • Supplement — Mars Sample Return: Planning for Returned Sample Science

    "Mars Sample Return (MSR) has been a high priority for the planetary science community for more than four decades. Analyzing martian samples in terrestrial laboratories would advance our understanding of Mars in multiple ways that are impossible using in situ missions alone," states special supplement authors in the foreword. "The purpose of this special issue of Astrobiology is to collate and publish these scientific and planning reports for MSR in a single location and make them available to the community of scientists interested in MSR." Read the full supplement with free access now.

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Aims & Scope

Astrobiology is the most-cited peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the understanding of life's origin, evolution, and distribution in the universe, with a focus on new findings and discoveries from interplanetary exploration and laboratory research.

Astrobiology coverage includes:

  • Astrophysics
  • Astropaleontology
  • Astroplanets
  • Bioastronomy
  • Cosmochemistry
  • Ecogenomics
  • Exobiology
  • Extremophiles
  • Geomicrobiology
  • Gravitational biology
  • Life detection technology
  • Meteoritics
  • Planetary geoscience
  • Planetary protection
  • Prebiotic chemistry
  • Space exploration technology
  • Terraforming

Astrobiology is under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Sherry L. Cady, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and other leading investigators. View the entire editorial board.

Audience: Microbiologists, chemists, geologists, life scientists, astronomers and astrophysicists, paleontologists, planetary scientists, among others.


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