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Deadline for Registration and abstract submission: 2020-06-30
Fifth Network of Researchers on the Chemical Evolution of Life (NoR CEL) Conference

Declaration of interest: 2019-11-30
Winter School "First solids and planetesimals: formation conditions and evolution"

Registration and poster abstract submission deadli: 2019-11-22
8th ELSI symposium “Extending Views of Catalysis”

ESA questionnaire on sample return from Mars and the Moon
Samples returned from the Moon and Mars will have an invaluable scientific value, leading to groundbreaking discoveries and high-profile publications.
With upcoming sample return missions in preparation, participation of multiple spacefaring nations and thus international coordination is necessary. As such, the approach for science management and curation of samples returned from other bodies in our solar system should be clearly defined before hand.
This survey attempts to investigate the wider communities' opinion on the issue of governance and availability of Mars and Moon samples.

Note: This survey is purely for information gathering purposes and any information provided will not be used in any future selection or sample allocation processes.

Deadline: 31 October 2019

Added 8 Oct 2019
FORUM FOR NEW LEADERS IN SPACE SCIENCE 2019
The National Space Science Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Space Studies Board of U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to invite applications to participate in the 9th and 10th Forums for New Leaders in Space Science. The Forums, initiated in 2014, are designed to provide opportunities for a highly select group of young space and Earth scientists to discuss their research activities in an intimate and collegial environment.
The 9th and 10th Forums will be devoted to Earth observation from space and planetary science (i.e., studies of the solar system's planets, satellites, and minor bodies) and will be held on 15-16 May 2019 (in Beijing, China) and 28-29 October 2019 (in Washington, DC). Application deadline is 31 January 2019.

Added 18 Dec 2018
NASA Astrobiology Program FAQs
The NASA Astrobiology Program has announced a new programmatic infrastructure. Known as Research Coordination Networks (RCNs), and first deployed as the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS), RCNs bring together researchers who are funded from a variety of sources into interdisciplinary, topically-focused research groups. By early 2020, the NASA Astrobiology Program will have activated five RCNs -- four new ones plus NExSS -- each organized around a key research topic identified in the 2015 Astrobiology Strategy: prebiotic chemistry and the early Earth; early metabolism, evolution, and complexity; life detection on other worlds; habitable worlds (initially focused on ocean worlds); and exoplanet system science.

This document contains answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Astrobiology Program organized by topical areas.

Added 9 Nov 2018

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Thogersen et al. (2019): Light on windy nights on Mars: A study of saltation-mediated ionization of argon in a Mars-like atmosphere

Icarus 2019, 332, 14-18, DOI:10.1016/j.icarus.2019.06.025

Link to paper

Laboratory experiments show that sand grain saltation in a Mars-like environment can result in the ionization of argon. This suggests that saltation can be a mechanism for the destruction of methane (CH4) on Mars given the ionization energy of argon is higher than the energy required to ionize methane to a reactive cation. The ionization energy is also higher than the energy to dissociate methane to highly reactive species like CH3, CH2, and CH. The feasibility of capturing the resulting emission glow on a windy Martian night is discussed.
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