Faculty Advisor

McNamara, Karen M.

Faculty Advisor

Miller, Judith E.

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to use a terrestrial model of subsurface life as an archetype for life on Mars. This Major Qualifying Project entailed a scanning electron microscopic search, with energy dispersive spectra analysis, of subsurface life in rock extracted from two South African gold mines. Several lines of evidence indicate the presence of biomarkers in the subsurface rock samples. This project was conducted at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, along with NASA's Mars Meteorite Research Team.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 1999

Major

Biology

Major

Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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