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Interdisciplinary research

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Physics

Search for answers to questions such as:

  • Could Mars ever have support life?
  • Could life today be present below the surface?
  • Which processes formed the morphology of Mars?
  • What causes the oxidizing state of the surface?
  • Does the atmospheric CO2 pressure vary?
  • How did the dust on Mars become red?

Latest publications

  • Thogersen, J., Bak, E.N., Finster, K., Nornberg, P., Jakobsen, H.J., Jensen, S.K. 2019: Light on windy nights on Mars: A study of saltation-mediated ionization of argon in a Mars-like atmosphere. Icarus, 332, 14-18.
  • Nørnberg, P. et al. 2019:  Saltation may be contributory in the depletion of methane on Mars. Vol. 21, EGU2019-13986, 201.
  • Bak, E.N., Larsen, M.G., Jensen, S.K., Nørnberg, P., Moeller, R., Finster, K. 2019: Wind-Driven Saltation: An Overlooked Challenge for Life on Mars. Astrobiology 19,4, 497-505
  • Ebbe N. Bak, Michael G. Larsen, Ralf Moeller, Silas B. Nissen, Lasse R. Jensen, Per Nørnberg, Svend J. K. Jensen and Kai Finster. 2017: Silicates Eroded under Simulated Martian Conditions Effectively Kill Bacteria—A Challenge for Life on Mars, Frontiers in Microbiology, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01709.
  • Ebbe N. Bak, Kaloyan Zafirova, Jonathan P. Merrison, Svend J. Knak Jensen, Per Nørnberg, Haraldur P. Gunnlaugsson and Kai Finster. 2017: Production of reactive oxygen species from abraded silicates. Implications for the reactivity of the Martian soil. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 473, 113-121.
  • van Heereveld, Luc; Merrison, Jonathan; Nørnberg, Per; Finster, Kai. 2016: Assessment of the Forward Contamination Risk of Mars by Clean Room Isolates from Space-Craft Assembly Facilities through Aeolian Transport - a Model Study. Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, 26.07.2016, s. 1-12.
  • ·Nørnberg, P.; Bak, E.; Gunnlaugsson, H.P.; Finster, K.; Jensen; S.K. 2016: Mars dust mineralogy and structure obtained by a simple Mars rover instrumentation development – suggestions for future missions.EGU, vol 18, 11528.
  • Bak, Ebbe Norskov; Jensen, Svend Knak; Nørnberg, Per; Finster, Kai. 2016: Methylated silicates may explain the release of chlorinated methane from Martian soil. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 433, 226-231.
  • Jakobsen, Hans J.; Song, Likai; Gan, Zhehong; Hung, Ivan; Bildsoe, Henrik; Skibsted, Jorgen; Bak, Ebbe N.; Finster, Kai; Nornberg, Per; Jensen, Svend Knak. 2016: NMR and EPR Studies of Free-Radical Intermediates from Experiments Mimicking the Winds on Mars: A Sink for Methane and Other Gases. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials, Interfaces and Hard Matter, Vol. 120, Nr. 45, 26138-26149.

General popular science

  • Finster, K. & Nielsen, N. I. W., Jul 2018: Astrobiologi, Naturhistorisk Museum. 35 p. (Natur og Museum; No. 2, Vol. 57).