We sought to detect organic molecules in various earth soil samples collected from environments with extreme climatic conditions comparable to extraterrestrial environments using HPLC, spectrophotometry (UV, IR), GC/MS, and vertical gel electrophoresis analyses systems. The applied methods in the study were compared using a self-developed software tool that was designed to evaluate the viability of instrument selection for organics detection in any given exploratory mission. The tool was created to aid further development and refinements of rapidly improving technological solutions such as MCE and MS instruments. Such comparison can be done quickly and easily, acting as a decision support tool when choosing between analytical methods during any planning phase of future exploration missions led by space agencies (i.e., NASA).
Plants on Mars – is it possible? Could the Moon be our next “home”? Maybe this idea isn’t that far off when Tom Cruise is already shooting his next film in space! We talked about a real futuristic topic this morning
with dr. Bence Mátyás, the research owner of Genesis Sustainable Future Ltd., and István Sárhegyi, a space lawyer and space entrepreneur, awake with us.