The Colour and Stereo Surface Imaging System (CaSSIS) - also known as The Mars Camera aboard the European Space Agency's ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter - is surpassing expectations, according to Western University's Livio Tornabene, a co-investigator on the project.
Astrobiologist alumna Alexandra Pontefract, PhD 2013 (Geology), knows finding DNA on the Red Planet will be no easy feat. But it is possible. What's more, if DNA is found, it's not far-fetched to think it would be proof of shared ancestry between Earth and Mars.
Some of the world's biggest problems can be solved by the smallest of solutions. At least that's what first-year Integrated Sciences student Devanshi Shukla proved when she bioengineered a simple bacterium to detect and alert to the presence of invisible fungal contamination in our homes and food.