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New Sensor Could Sniff For Life on Mars

New Sensor Could Sniff For Life on Mars – “If the bio-signatures are there, it could be detected in the dust,” Blagojevic said, adding that BILI could detect “small levels of organic materials from a distance of several hundred meters” in real time.

An instrument used to detect bio-hazards here on Earth could be used to find signs of current or former life on Mars. The instrument, developed by NASA technologist Branimir Blagojevic, is called BILI, and is a “fluorescence-based lidar,” which works like radar, but instead of using radio waves, it analyzes light to analyze particles in the…

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