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An Astrobiological Experiment to Explore the Habitability of Tidally Locked M-Dwarf Planets

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 April 2014

Daniel Angerhausen
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), 110 Eighth Street, Troy, NYUSA12180 email:
Haley Sapers
Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Eugenio Simoncini
Centro de Astrobiologa, INTA-CSIC, Madrid, Spain
Stefanie Lutz
School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds, UK
Marcelo da Rosa Alexandre
Chemistry Department, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil
Douglas Galante
Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
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We present a summary of a three-year academic research proposal drafted during the Sao Paulo Advanced School of Astrobiology (SPASA) to prepare for upcoming observations of tidally locked planets orbiting M-dwarf stars. The primary experimental goal of the suggested research is to expose extremophiles from analogue environments to a modified space simulation chamber reproducing the environmental parameters of a tidally locked planet in the habitable zone of a late-type star. Here we focus on a description of the astronomical analysis used to define the parameters for this climate simulation.

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