XIV International School of Astrobiology Josep Comas i Solà
17-06-2016

One more summer, future astrobiologists will meet at the International School of Astrobiology Josep Comas i Solà , an event that organizes the Center for Astrobiology (CSIC-INTA) next to the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP) and the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) , and in which the European Space Agency (ESA) also participates. The school, in its fourteenth edition, will focus on the study of the analogous terrestrial environments for the search for life outside the Earth.

From 20 to 24 June , the Palacio de la Magdalena, in Santander , will host this school that aims to carry out an interdisciplinary tour of the chemical, physical and geological properties of the potential extraterrestrial habitats, as well as a detailed description of the places on our planet that have similar characteristics. Specifically, the classes and other activities planned will focus on the icy satellites and the rocky bodies of the Solar System, the extrasolar planets similar to the Earth, and the extreme environments of our planet related to all of them. < p class = "p1" style = "text-align: justify;"> The director of the Center for Astrobiology, J. Miguel Mas Hesse , and Rory Barnes - professor of the Department of Astronomy in the Astrobiology Program of the University of Washington (United States) - are responsible for the address of this school. Kathy Campbell (University of Auckland), Britney Schmidt (Georgia Institute of Technology), Gian Gabriele < / b> Ori (Università d'Annunzio) and Ricardo Amils (Astrobiology Center) will be the four professors who, each from their area, will lecture the leitmotiv of this year. Likewise, Olga Prieta (Centro de Astrobiología) will give the only talk in Spanish on dissemination with which this edition will be concluded.


'Analogous terrestrial environments for the search for life outside of Earth '

Earth contains a broad variety and diversity of environments. Many of them, although they are hostile to the life of human beings and are far from the conditions that are most familiar to us, constitute the natural habitat of numerous life forms that are called extreme. "Life has an extraordinary capacity for adaptation," says the scientific secretary of this edition, Carlos Briones , researcher at the Center for Astrobiology. In brine channels of sea ice, in acidic hot springs or in the driest deserts, life has found a way to grow, thrive and perpetuate itself. This adaptability of living beings inspires astrobiologists to seek life in environments with extreme conditions that were thought unviable for biology.

Thus, In this school we will study the different environments of the Earth that may resemble those present, among other places, on Mars or on the Europa satellite. The intellectual connections that students will develop will facilitate interdisciplinary research that makes it possible for us to discover life outside of Earth.

 

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