OoL digest — August 15th edition

Good morning everyone. In this week’s digest, we mostly have papers in the field of astrobiology, plus one last paper in biochemistry. In astrobiology, Barnes presents the science goals of the upcoming Dragonfly mission that is planned to land on Titan in the mid-2030s, Graham demonstrates that high pCO$_2$ reduces the impact of CO$_2$ fluctuations throughout the habitable zone, Hyodo discusses the science goals of the upcoming Martian Moons eXploration mission, Méndez reviews habitability models relevant for astrobiology and Song presents a 2D cloud-resolving model for tidally locked planets around M and K dwarfs. Finally, in biochemistry Philippi investigates N$_2$ fixation in Proterozoic analogue conditions. Happy reading!

Astrobiology

Science Goals and Objectives for the Dragonfly Titan Rotorcraft Relocatable Lander – Barnes et al. – The Planetary Science Journal

Searching for life on Mars and its moons – Hyodo et al. – Science

Habitability Models for Astrobiology – Méndez et al. – Astrobiology

Idealized 2D Cloud-Resolving Simulations for Tidally Locked Habitable Planets – Song et al. – preprint

Biochemistry

Purple sulfur bacteria fix N2 via molybdenum-nitrogenase in a low molybdenum Proterozoic ocean analogue – Philippi et al. – Nature Communications

Alexandre Champagne‑Ruel
PhD Candidate - Astrophysics

My research interests include statistical physics, complex systems and major evolutionary transitions.