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Has life existed beyond Earth? Purdue professor going to great lengths to find out.
When the NASA Mars rover Perseverance launches in the next few weeks, it will travel to Jezero Crater, which preserves evidence of a time when rivers flowed on Mars. The mission will take the next leap in space science by searching for signs of past life on the red planet. Not the Martians of comic-book science fiction, but instead ancient microbes may have lived in Mars' rivers, lakes and swamps billions of years ago. This scientifically important landing site within Jezero Crater was selected by NASA following a presentation by Briony Horgan, Purdue University associate professor of planetary science, who is a member of the Perseverance science team.

Tremblay awarded the GSA Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award
The Geological Society of America (GSA) has announced that Marissa Tremblay, assistant professor of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, is the recipient of the Doris M. Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award. 

Laura Pyrak-Nolte selected to receive award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Laura Pyrak-Nolte, has been selected to receive the Society's Reginald Fessenden Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. This award is given to a person who has made a specific technical contribution to exploration geophysics. She developed a fluid flow vs elastic stiffness function that is an important contribution, as it provides a fundamental relation between two important and often measured properties. This relation, coupled with knowledge of fracture surface properties, provides a promising approach for inferring fluid flow properties from seismic data in fractured rock. The award will be given in Houston, TX this October.

Dr. Freed Receives Outstanding Faculty Fellow Award
EAPS Professor Dr. Andy Freed has received the Frederick L. Hovde Outstanding Faculty Fellow Award in recognition of his service in developing relationships with students.

Purdue Team Simulating Life on Mars
The air may be breathable and the location is on planet Earth, but for two weeks a multidisciplinary team of Purdue students and alumni will eat, sleep, work and live like they’re on Mars.


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