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Congratulations to Dr. Michael Mumma who receives the 2010 NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award:
"In recognition of the first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars, revealing an active and dynamic planet and a
possible abode for life beyond Earth."


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Martian Methane Reveals Planet is Not Dead

"Methane is quickly destroyed in the Martian atmosphere in a variety of ways, so our discovery of substantial plumes of methane in the northern hemisphere of Mars in 2003 indicates some ongoing process is releasing the gas." - Dr. M. Mumma - 01.15.09

 

 

NASA Scientists Find Clues to a Secret of Life

Amino acids, a basic molecule of life, exist as one of two mirror images, Biology uses the left-handed form for unknown reasons - Dr. Daniel Glavin and Dr. Jason Dworkin- 03.17.09

 

First Discovery of Life's Building Block in Comet Wild 2

Drs. Jamie Elsila, Daniel Glavin, and Jason Dworkin at the Goddard Center for Astrobiology found glycine in the aerogel collection grids that captured gas and dust samples of Comet Wild 2 as the Stardust spacecraft flew through its jets in January 2004. - 08.17.09
Dual Dust Disks Around Planetary Systems 51 Oph

"Our new observations using Keck Twin Telescopes suggest 51 Ophiuchi is a protoplanetary system with a cloud of dust from comets and asteroids extremely close to its parent star," said Marc Kuchner, a member of the Goddard Center for Astrobiology. " - 09.24.09

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Podcasts
Dr. M. Mumma Audio Interview from Science Friday - Mysterious Gas on Mars - 01.16.09
Dr. M. Mumma Audio Interview - Gas Plume on Mars Signals Potential Life - 01.16.09
Interview on Left Handed Acid from Space - Dr. Danny Glavin
Podcast of Dr. Drake Deming's - There is No Place Like Home - 03.03.09
Comet Wild 2 Podcast
Media / Articles
Review Article on Emerging Classification of Comets based on Chemical Composition
GSFC Press Release on Hartlet-2 - A New Breed of Comet?
Animation on the Stardust path through Wild 2 Jets
Dr. Mumma's Keck Lecture on Comets - 2004
Published Paper in Science - Methane on Mars - 2003
Baking the Rover is Not An Option - 11/20/08
Volcanoes May Have Provided Sparks and Chemistry for First Life - 10.16.08
Mars - An Active Planet (1 of 2)
Mars - An Active Planet (2 of 2) - 1.15.09
Dr. Danny Glavin's Article in "Quirks & Quarks" - 3.21.09
Conceptual Animation Demonstrating Spectroscopy to Find Methane on
Mars - 1.15.09
Visualization of Methane Plume Found on Mars During Northern Summer Season - 1.15.09
Methane on Mars - How Geochemical Processes and How Biological Organisms Under Mars Surface May Have Produced Methane - 1.15.09
Press on Astrobio 2010 Santiago

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Key Publications
Absolute Measurements of Methane on Mars
Methane and Water
on Mars: Maps of Active Regions and Their Seasonal Variability
Measurement of the
Isotopic Signatures of Water on Mars; Implications for Studying Methane
Measurements with the Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument
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