Home > News > Swiss look for life on Mars
July 30th, 2007
Swiss look for life on Mars
Scientists at Basel and Neuchâtel universities and a Swiss nanotechnology company are part of "Phoenix", Nasa's latest mission to Mars.
They will all be crossing their fingers on August 3 as the journey begins to the Red Planet's north pole, where the Lander will take soil samples and Swiss technology will help ascertain whether the surface ever contained water.
The Swiss contribution to the latest mission is an atomic force microscope (AFM), designed specifically for the tough conditions on Mars.
The microscope was built by nanoscience company Nanosurf, based in Liestal near Basel, and also by electronics expert Hans-Rudolf Hidber at the Basel Institute of Physics and nanotechnologist Urs Staufer at the Neuchâtel Institute of Microtechnology.
Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts/Journals/White papers
DNA nanoswitches reveal how life's molecules connect: An accessible new way to study molecular interactions could lower cost and time associated with discovering new drugs January 30th, 2015
Crystal light: New light-converting materials point to cheaper, more efficient solar power: University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new solar cell and LED applications January 30th, 2015
Discovery Channel taps Angstron Materials for segment featuring graphene advances January 29th, 2015
Iranian Scientists Use MOFs to Eliminate Dye Pollutants January 29th, 2015
Hiden Gas Analysers at PITTCON 2015 | Visit us on Booth No. 1127 January 29th, 2015
Advantest to Exhibit at SEMICON Korea in Seoul, South Korea February 4-6 Showcasing Broad Portfolio of Semiconductor Products, Technologies and Solutions January 29th, 2015
Park Systems Announces Innovations in Bio Cell Analysis with the Launch of Park NX-Bio, the only 3-in-1 Imaging Nanoscale Tool Available for Life Science Researchers January 29th, 2015
2015 Nanonics Image Contest January 29th, 2015
Asteroid Mining 101: A New Book by World-Renowned Expert Dr. John S. Lewis - Exclusive Sneak-Peek Opportunity for Book Reviewers and Media January 29th, 2015
Scientists 'bend' elastic waves with new metamaterials that could have commercial applications: Materials could benefit imaging and military enhancements such as elastic cloaking January 23rd, 2015
Teijin to Participate in Nano Tech 2015 January 22nd, 2015
Production of Special Nanocomposite in Iran with Application in Railways December 23rd, 2014