NYUAD Astrophysicist Investigates the Possibility of Life Below the Surface of Mars

This illustration depicts a lake of water partially filling Mars’ Gale Crater. It would have been filled by runoff from snow melting on the crater’s northern rim. Evidence of ancient streams, deltas, and lakes that NASA’s Curiosity rover has found in the patterns of sedimentary deposits in Gale suggests the crater held a lake like this one more than three billion years ago, filling and drying in multiple cycles over tens of millions of years. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS)

ABU DHABI, UAE, July 28, 2020 (NYU Abu Dhabi PR) — Although no life has been detected on the Martian surface, a new study from astrophysicist and research scientist at the Center for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi, Dimitra Atri finds that conditions below the surface could potentially support it.