Saint Marys University Astronomy Promising Lifeforms in Extreme Environments Q&A
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Promising Lifeforms in Extreme Environments
There are many types of organisms found in extreme conditions here on Earth that inform our search of extraterrestrial life.
Choose at least three organisms discussed in the videos and/or articles posted in this session and answer the following questions (please use headers to identify each question).
What other planets or moons might host similar conditions as where these organisms have been found on Earth? What evidence do we have that this is true?
What are the key mechanisms these organisms use to survive? For example, How do they metabolize nutrients into energy and how do they “breath” (respiration)?
How is the organism is adapted to its extreme environment? For example, What mechanisms do they survive extreme heat or cold or pressure or radiation?