Monday, July 28, 2014

A track for Research in Astrobiology

FRACTALE . Amazed by his discovery, José María Gómez wanted to look more closely at the subject. So he studied the process in a more scientific, Laboratory of biominéralogie and astrobiological research (LBMARS) from the University of Valladolid, Spain.

Actually this is not the first time that such training is observed. They are found in salt solutions containing protein. This however is the first study showing that bacterial cells can generate biosalines structures with self-organizing pattern formed as the drawings for the fractal objects . Further work is underway to try to understand how the bacteria are to control the crystallization of sodium chloride.

A track for Research in Astrobiology

This new finding was published in the journal Astrobiology . It is no coincidence because the detection of such crystals on other planets might be a clue that life thrives. Or there has existed. "Given the richness and complexity of these structures, they can be used as biological signatures in extremely dry environments such as Mars or other exoplanets "adds the scientist.

The LBMARS is also in charge of the Raman instrument which will power the rover ExoMars , the European Space Agency, which is expected to arrive on Mars in 2018 This instrument, a spectrometer, is specially dedicated to the search for biomarkers biosalines as these structures.