AstroVirology, Diseases From Space, NASA's Mars Sample Return,
Life in the Solar System
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AstroVirology, Diseases From Space, NASA's Mars Sample Return,
Life in the Solar System

Edited by
Chandra Wickramasinghe, Centre For Astrobiology, University of Buckingham, UK;
R. Schild, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard-Smithsonian, Cambridge, USA

"AstroVirology" is the emerging field of science that examines (A) the ability of viruses to survive in space, and (B) the effects of viruses on evolution, extinction, and the biosphere.

"Diseases From Space" focuses on the ability of pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungus) to survive in space, and to be transferred between planets, via meteors, asteroids, comets, solar winds and space-craft.

"NASA's Mars Sample Return" raises a host of issues: (A) Is there life on Mars? (B) Is it safe to transport Martian organisms to Earth? (C) What might be the benefits or the dangers of transporting Martian organisms to Earth?

"Life in the Solar System" explores the possibility of life on other planets and moons in this solar system and the ability of "life" to survive and flourish in extreme environments.

BRIEF ARTICLES must not be longer than 2,500 words (not including the Reference List) and must be formatted according to JOA specifications and include an Abstract. All articles must be scholarly and cite recent research. Theory and science-based speculation is acceptable.

FIGURES: Up to 10 Figures

PEER REVIEW & REFEREES: Authors must include a cover letter that names 5 potential referees by name and includes their email address. All articles will be peer reviewed and requests for revisions are likely.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2022. Articles Must be submitted as a PDF.

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