ROSAE at the European Space Agency
The ROSAE team presented a talk at the ESTEC complex of the European Space Agency in Noordwijk (Netherlands). The talk was about the potential of burrows, footprints and other bioturbational traces in the field of astrobiology. A question might arise: why to look for traces beyond Earth and not only for organisms? The Earth’s palaeontological record provides some answers: traces record accurately the activity of soft-bodied organisms, and the bioturbating activity of organisms commonly results in structures that are far more abundant and more visible/detectable than their producers.
(photo from the esa website)