If a Planet Has a Lot of Methane in its Atmosphere, Life is the Most Likely Cause

VPL graduate student Nick Wogan (University of Washington), researcher and former student Dr. Josh Krissansen-Totton (University of California, Santa Cruz) and researcher, Dr. David Catling (University of Washington), recently published their paper “Abundant atmospheric methane from volcanism on terrestrial planets is unlikely and strengthens the case for methane as a biosignature” in the Planetary Science Journal, which was also recently highlighted in an article on Universe Today!

You can read the Universe Today Article here, or read their Open Access publication here.

VPL People: 
December 28, 2020
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Task B: Earth through Time
Task D: The Living Planet