ABRADE will conduct experiments quantifying the effects of coupled aeolian abrasion-UV irradiation on the abundance and distribution of a wide range of organic molecules targeted by the ExoMars 2020 Mars Organic Molecule Analyser (MOMA).

Data will:

  • constrain the potential survivability/detectability of organic molecules in Martian sediment,
  • aid interpretation of MOMA data,
  • potentially improve methods to remediate some persistent terrestrial organic pollutants.

 It targets the high-level ExoMars science aim ‘Search for signs of past and present life on Mars’.

me in the lakes

New PhD John Edgar joins ABRADE at Newcastle University

September 2018

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UK Space Agency and Astrobiology Society of Britain

AURORA community meeting at the Open University

November 2018


MINAR 2018