Dr. Lisa Pratt, Provost Professor and Chair, Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University, is the new MEPAG Chair. She is a biogeochemist and studies Earth life that tolerates extreme conditions, using this information to guide astrobiological studies of Mars. She takes over from outgoing Chair, Dave Des Marais. Welcome, Lisa!
Ongoing Mars missions will stand down from April 9-26, as Mars enters solar conjunction - the period when Mars is on the opposite side of the Sun as the Earth.
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