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ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESS CONFERENCE - CNRS and Mars Analogue for Space Exploration (MASE) Project

Contributed by: CNRS MASE (ESF)

The CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) will hold a press conference and visit on the morning of 29th of March at the Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire (CBM) at Orléans, France. Members of the media are invited to attend OR to contact the relevant scientists and researchers working on these projects - details below.

This press conference will be held the day after a scientific meeting of the FP7 MASE project (Mars Analogue for Space Exploration), being held in France.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESS CONFERENCE - CNRS and Mars Analogue for Space Exploration (MASE) Project
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Mars Analogue for Space Exploration (MASE) Project

PRESS VISIT AND BRIEFING Wednesday 29th March 2017 (09:30 – 12 :00)

CNRS - Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, Orléans, France.

If you are attending, you must RSVP in advance.

The CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) will hold a press conference and visit on 29th of March at the Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire (CBM) at Orléans. This press conference will be held the day after a scientific meeting of the FP7 MASE project (Mars Analogue for Space Exploration), being held in France for the first time.

The MASE project gathers European scientists from different countries who study the possibility to detect present / past life on Mars.

This press conference offers the opportunity for a briefing on:

- Current progress assessing the habitability of Mars and detecting life.

- Identifying the landing site for the Exomars Mission launching in July 2020.

- Using microfossil analysis to detect past signatures for Martian life.

This press conference will also cast light on research facilities studying signatures of life in other planets to maximise the scientific output of future space exploration missions.

- Visit to International Space Analogue Rockstore with rocks of billions of years in age.

- Visit to the analytical platform for Raman Spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy.

DETAILS FOLLOW - please also see the news section at www,esf.org

Members of the Media are invited to attend this Visit and Conference - you must please register in advance.

RSVP
To register, please contact: Florence Royer (+33) 02 38 25 79 86 Florence.Royer@dr8.cnrs.fr

Members of the media are also welcome to contact the relevant scientists and researchers working on these projects and their contact details are below.

For press conference issues please contact:

Florence Royer – Press Conference Room CNRS: florence.ROYER@dr8.cnrs.fr
Dr. Patricia Cabezas – Administrative Coordinator, European Science Foundation: pcabezas@esf.org
Mr. Nicolas Walter – Administrative Coordinator, European Science Foundation: nwalter@esf.org

For MASE project information please contact:

Prof. Charles Cockell – Scientific Coordinator, University of Edinburgh: c.s.cockell@ed.ac.uk
Dr. Patricia Cabezas – Administrative Coordinator, European Science Foundation: pcabezas@esf.org
Mr. Nicolas Walter – Administrative Coordinator, European Science Foundation: nwalter@esf.org

SCHEDULE
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Mars Analogue for Space Exploration (MASE) Project
Press conference and visit
Wednesday 29th March 2017 – 9h 30
Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire - CBM (CNRS)
Entrée principale du campus CNRS – 3E avenue de la recherche scientifique
45100 ORLEANS-LA SOURCE

9h 30
About MASE (Mars Analogues for Space Exploration)

What landing site for Exomars 2020?

Looking for past life on Earth and on Mars: Why microfossils are so important?

Speaker: Dr. Frances Westall

Questions / Answers with Dr. Frances Westall, Dr. Frédéric Foucher and Dr. Frédéric Gaboyer

10h 30
Visit to the “lithotheque” ISAR (International Space Analogue Rockstore)
Speaker: Dr. Frédéric Foucher

11h 15
Presentation of studied samples and visit to the analytical platform of Raman spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy

Further information about MASE:

Webpage: http://mase.esf.org/

Twitter: @MarsAnalogues

Facebook : MASE @MarsAnalogues

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CNRS, MASE, Mars Analogue, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Mars Analogue for Space Exploration, FP7, Exomars, Mars, European Science Foundation, Science Connect, Centre de Biophysique Moléculaire, Orleans
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