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10 February 2004 Search for elemental and mineral biomarkers using inelastic-neutron-scattering gamma spectroscopy
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Life on Earth is characterized by a select group of low Z elements: C, H, N, O, P, K, S, Na, Cl. The presence of these elements and their ratios can provide indications of possible biogenicity and thus they may constitute valuable biomarkers that may help determine the best locations to seek more definitive evidence of life. We discuss the possible applications and significance of the inelastic neutron scattering induced gamma spectroscopy (INSGS) for future Astrobiology Missions to Mars or other solar System bodies. The general requirements and capabilities of the proposed approach are presented.
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Lucian Wielopolski, Richard B. Hoover, and Sudeep Mitra "Search for elemental and mineral biomarkers using inelastic-neutron-scattering gamma spectroscopy", Proc. SPIE 5163, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology VII, (10 February 2004); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.515229
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