Astrobiology and Astrochemistry

Astrobiology is the study of the processes which led to the apparition of life on our planet and which may have or could enable it elsewhere. The LISA research on this topic follows two main paths: studies of the reactivity and evolution of organic matter in extraterrestrial environments and the search for molecular structures through remote sensing and in situ measurements. The LISA thus develops laboratory experiments simulating the conditions of extraterrestrial environments, participates to the designing and building up of chemical analyzers for (mostly ESA and NASA) spatial missions and participates to remote sensing campaigns.


Coustenis A, Hedman N, Doran PT, Al Shehhi O, Ammannito E, Fujimoto M, Grasset O, Groen F, Hayes AG, Ilyin V, Kumar KP, Morisset C-E, Mustin C, Olsson-Francis K, Peng J, Prieto-Ballesteros O, Francois Raulin, Rettberg P, Sinibaldi S, Suzuki Y, Xu K and Zaitsev M

Planetary protection: an international concern and responsibility
Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences

Tuesday 30 May 2023
María Paz Zorzano, Karen Olsson-Francis Peter T. Doran, Petra Rettberg, Athena Coustenis, Vyacheslav Ilyin, Francois Raulin, Omar Al Shehhi, Frank Groen, Olivier Grasset, Akiko Nakamura, Olga Prieto Ballesteros, Silvio Sinibaldi, Yohey Suzuki, Praveen Kumar, Gerhard Kminek, Niklas Hedman, Masaki Fujimo, Maxim Zaitse, Alex Hayes, Kanyan Xu

The COSPAR planetary protection requirements for space missions to Venus
Life Sciences in Space Research

Monday 1 May 2023
Alexandra Perron, Fabien Stalport, S. Dupraz, A. Person, Patrice Coll, C. Szopa, R. Navarro-Gonzalez, D. Glavin, M.-J. Vaulay and B. Ménez

Thermal Stability of (Bio)Carbonates: A Potential Signature for Detecting Life on Mars?

Friday 31 March 2023
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