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
Nanoscale worms provide new route to nano-necklace structures March 29th, 2015
Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem: Research team increases material's light emission by twelve times March 29th, 2015
A first glimpse inside a macroscopic quantum state March 28th, 2015
Novel nanoparticle therapy promotes wound healing March 27th, 2015
LAMDAMAP 2015 hosted by the University March 26th, 2015
FEI Technology Award of the German Neuroscience Society Goes to Benjamin Judkewitz of the University of Berlin: Bi-annual award honors excellence in brain research during the German Neuroscience Society’s Annual Meeting, held 18-21 March 2015 March 26th, 2015
Square ice filling for a graphene sandwich March 26th, 2015
Nanorobotic agents open the blood-brain barrier, offering hope for new brain treatments March 25th, 2015
Iranian Researchers Present Model to Determine Dynamic Behavior of Nanostructures March 24th, 2015
Engineers create chameleon-like artificial 'skin' that shifts color on demand March 12th, 2015
Anousheh Ansari Wins the National Space Society's Space Pioneer Award for "Service to the Space Community" March 5th, 2015
Launch of the Alliance for Space Development March 1st, 2015