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Contact: Cathia Falvey, (914) 740-2100, cfalvey@liebertpub.com
First Results of Deep-Space Experiments from EXPOSE-E Mission Reported in Astrobiology Journal

New Rochelle, June 11, 2012–The EXPOSE-E Mission was the first of three long-term extraterrestrial experiments in which biological and chemical samples are exposed to the extreme environment outside the International Space Station. The first results from EXPOSE-E and what they reveal about the origin and evolution of life on Earth are presented in a special issue of Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The issue is available free online at the Astrobiology website.

Guest Editors Gerda Horneck, German Aerospace Center (Köln) and Martin Zell, European Space Agency (ESA)-ESTEC (Noordwijk, The Netherlands) provide an in-depth overview of the EXPOSE-E Mission, its goals, and accomplishments. The external platforms of the International Space Station served as the laboratories in which microorganisms and materials could be exposed to the harsh conditions of deep space. The effects of extreme temperatures, vacuum conditions, and ionizing and solar electromagnetic radiation on bacteria, fungi, lichens, plant seeds, and a variety of chemicals were measured over time.

“The results from the EXPOSE-E mission’s astrobiology experiments are exciting in that they test life’s capacity to survive the harsh environment of outer space,” says Sherry L. Cady, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Astrobiology and Professor in the Department of Geology at Portland State University. “The EXPOSE-E science and engineering team’s approach to surmounting the many challenges of working in space has established an important legacy that will undoubtedly serve as a benchmark for all future low-Earth orbit investigations. These kinds of activities are critical to the success of future missions for Solar System exploration.”

About the Journal
Astrobiology, led by Dr. Cady and a prominent international editorial board comprised of esteemed scientists in the field, is the authoritative resource for the most up-to-date information and perspectives on exciting new research findings and discoveries emanating from interplanetary exploration and terrestrial field and laboratory research programs. The Journal is published monthly in print and online, and is the Official Journal of the Astrobiology Society. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed online at the Astrobiology website.  

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including High Altitude Medicine & Biology. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 70 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available at the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.