NatGeo highlights the Atacama Desert and its connection with Mars

The documentary series "In a million years" highlights the research of the Chilean astrobiologist Armando Azua-Bustos and the impact of his studies to identify a source of life on the red planet.

  
Nadia Politis
By Nadia Politis
Science journalist

1, March 2018

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Episode “Beyond the Cosmos”.
Photo National Geographic.

There are six episodes where National Geographic shows a future beaten by the advance of technology, artificial intelligence and human race as interplanetary specie. Scientists such as Michio Kaku and Brian Greene project the impact of technology on space travel and astronomical discoveries.

noticias-natgeo-2.jpgArmando Azua-Bustos In the episode "Beyond the Cosmos"
Photo National Geographic.

In the episode "Beyond the Cosmos" Armando Azua-Bustos details his research in the Atacama Desert as part of his work at the Center for Astrobiology of the National Research Council (CSIC) in Spain. The visiting researcher at Universidad Autónoma de Chile describes how the discovery of microalgae in the oldest and most arid desert on Earth can shows evidence associated to the emergence of life in planets classified as "uninhabitable".

noticias-natgeo-3.jpgAzua-Bustos identified a microalgae that inhabits the most arid desert world-wide.
Photo National Geographic.

In deep…
The connection between Chile and Mars


Armando Azua-Bustos has an important relationship with Atacama Desert as well as the region of Antofagasta and Calama city. He is studying which factors allow microorganisms to exist at this area in the north of Chile. Several organizations, including NASA, have stated that the extreme aridness conditions at Atacama Desert make it the only place at the planet earth to be similar to Mars. This characteristic motivates scientists worldwide to travel to Chile and do research in the field.

The chapters of the documentary series "In a million years" can be played in Spanish and English through the Fox Play platform:

Episode 1: "Homo sapiens 2.0"
Episode 2: "Never say death"
Episode 3: "Where is my body?"
Episode 4: "Mental Fusion"
Episode 5: "Energy beyond the Earth"
Episode 6: "Beyond the Cosmos"
Nadia Politis
By Nadia Politis
Science journalist

1, March 2018

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