Searching for Signs of Subsurface Life on Mars (Extinct to Extant)

When: August 13, 2019 6:30AM PDT

Hosted by the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the Lunar and Planetary Institute

Join us for the final Workshop Without Walls on Searching for Signs of Subsurface Life (Extinct and Extant): Face-to-Face Workshop at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

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In-Person Location:
The Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058
https://www.lpi.usra.edu/about/visitor-information/

Agenda (Tentative):

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

8:15-8:30 Arrival & Check In, Coffee & Tea
8:30-9:45 Welcome & Meeting Logistics: Penny Boston, Kennda Lynch, and Vlada
Stamenkovic
9:45-10:50 Review of Workshop Without Walls Virtual Sessions #1 and #2 and Key
Discussion Points (See Section after Agenda) – Part 1
10:50–11:00 Coffee & Snack Break
11:00-12:15 Review of workshop Without Walls Virtual Sessions #1 and #2 and Key
Discussion Points Part II.
12:15-1:30 Group Lunch
1:30-2:45 Review of Workshop Without Walls Virtual Sessions #3 and #4 and Key
Discussion Points Part I.
2:45-3:00 Coffee & Snack Break
3:00-4:15 Review of Workshop Without Walls Virtual Sessions #3 and #4 and Key
Discussion Points Part II
4:15-5:00 Summary of Days Discussion and Prep for Tomorrow
5:30 PM Depart from LPI for Group Dinner (possible group work sessions in the
evening: onsite attendees only)!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

8:15-8:30 Arrival to LPI, Coffee & Tea
8:30-9:00 Review of Tuesday Summary & Detail for Agenda
9:00-12:00 Identifying the Big Gaps – What are the key science questions for
subsurface life community?
12:00-1:15 Group Lunch
1:15-3:15 Identifying the Big Gaps – What are the key mission & technology goals f
for the subsurface life community?
3:15-4:30 Laying the framework – Group discussion to identify and layout key points
Decadal Survey White Paper
4:30 – 5:00 Wrap and planning for future virtual meetings and white paper generation
5:00 Adjourn and Departure

Also, please join the discussion by joining our dedicated SLACK channel: https://marsundersground.slack.com.

See you soon.
Penny (penelope.j.boston@nasa.gov)
Kennda (klynch@lpi.usra.edu)
Vlada (Vlada.Stamenkovic@jpl.nasa.gov)


A significant recommendation to NASA from the 2019 NAS Study entitled “An Astrobiology Strategy for the Search for Life in the Universe” is that:

“NASA’s programs and missions should reflect a dedicated focus on research and
exploration of subsurface habitability in light of recent advances demonstrating the breadth and diversity of life in Earth’s subsurface, the history and nature of subsurface fluids on Mars, and potential habitats for life on ocean worlds.”

As such, the committee also identified key questions that will need to be addressed in the next decade of astrobiology research:
• How does subsurface life adapt to extreme environments and energetic spectra?
• How do marine and continental subsurface terrestrial communities inform what chemosynthetic or rock-hosted communities on other worlds might look like?
• What is the spatial and temporal distribution of potentially habitable environments on Mars, especially in the subsurface?
• What are the chemical inventories and physical processes sustaining rock-hosted life on ocean worlds?

The goal of this NAI Workshop Without Walls is to develop community recommendations for future missions and exploration strategies for subsurface life on Mars. We intend to address these key questions to ensure that research and exploration of subsurface environments with a focus on life is a well-represented objective in the next decadal survey. The deliverables of this activity will be a series of white papers that will be presented to the community, and then submitted to the decadal committee.

Dates & Tentative Discussion Topics
July 11th – Kick off Virtual Meeting, Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific (1:30-2:30 Eastern)
Subject: Why are we doing this, how are we doing this, and what has been done so far (state of the art).
Discussion Leaders: Vlada Stamenkovic, Kennda Lynch, Penny Boston
Meeting Recording
Sign-in Form Link: https://forms.gle/riiPVd142eZzy2cb9

July 18th – 2nd Virtual Meeting, Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Pacific (12:30-1:30 Eastern)
Subject: Extant life, approaches and strategies.
Discussion Leaders: Vlada Stamenkovic, Kennda Lynch, Penny Boston
Meeting Recording
Slack Channel: https://marsundersground.slack.com
Sign-in Form Link: https://forms.gle/VoHzhs6WjbpPUhN96

July 23rd – Ancillary meeting at the 9th International Mars Meeting
Discussion Leaders: Vlada Stamenkovic, Kennda Lynch, Penny Boston
Time: 12:00-1:30PM
Location: Keck Center, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
Slack Channel: https://marsundersground.slack.com

July 30th – 3rd Virtual Meeting, Time: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Pacific (11:00-12:00 Eastern)
Subject: From extinct and ancient to extant, connections and transitions.
Presenters: Shiladitya DasSarma (University of Maryland), Kathy Benison (West Virginia University), Haley Sapers (Caltech)
Discussion Leaders: Vlada Stamenkovic, Kennda Lynch, Penny Boston
Meeting Recording
Sign-in Form Link: https://forms.gle/DhF8eb3YDW6xcfag8

August 8th – 4th Virtual Meeting, Time: 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM Pacific (11:00-12:30 Eastern)
Subject: Missions, how do we nail ET?
Discussion Leader(s): Vlada Stamenkovic, Kennda Lynch, Penny Boston
Meeting Recording
Sign-in Form Link: https://forms.gle/JeQ8ac9orGGMoATM6

August 13th & 14th – Face-to-Face Workshop at Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston Texas
Please check in so we know you will be attending at: https://forms.gle/7wLieH5kmK5J247dA
Hotel information: Hotel Block reserved at Best Western Webster – (281) 338-6000. The group name is Mars Underground. The rate is $60 per night + Tax and the Block Expires on July 31st.

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