Development of a Miniature Aqueous Habitability Sensor

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Some of the most fundamental factors in studying aqueous habitability are ion activity, conductivity, and temperature. The extremes of these parameters make up boundaries of the habitable space for life as we know it. Reducing the size of the sensors that measure these properties is hugely beneficial in astrobiology, as it allows us to study quick changes in very small spaces or sample sizes.

It also allows the creation of a single integrated sensor to probe the combination of these parameters. This gives us a more complete view of habitability, as well as reducing costs and running power. We've designed and fabricated a miniature sensor to study habitability in brines relevant to conditions found on Mars or the icy moons.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The 2019 Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon)
Subtitle of host publicationUnderstanding and Enabling the Search for Life on Worlds Near and Far
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2019

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