Funding Awarded – Searching for Life on Europa

9 December 2019
Searching for Life on Europa
 
Claire Cousins, Aubrey Zerkle and Mark Fox-Powell have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant to investigate signs of microbial life trapped within unusual salt deposits collected from an Arctic hypersaline spring that shares a similar chemistry to the icy moon Europa.
 
The St Andrews team will work with project Co-Investigators at the University of Glasgow and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre to further our understanding of how we might one day be able to search for evidence of life preserved in salt minerals on the Europan crust using future landed spacecraft.