Tuesday, 19 May 2015
David S. McKay 1936-2013 memorial tribute
Pioneer on martian meteorite biomorphs => Life-on-Mars
To a large number in the scientific community, David McKay is best known as being the point person in the Allan Hills 84001 (ALH84001) Life on Mars hypothesis. David was the lead author of the 1996 Science manuscript which jarred the scientific community into reexamining our concepts about life on Mars. The paper was a team effort lead by David, Everett Gibson and Kathie Thomas-Keprta. The three team leaders and all of the other members of the team (Christopher Romanek, Hojatollah Vali, Simon J. Clemett, Xavier D.F. Chillier, Claud R. Maechling and Richard Zare) contributed to the hypothesis.
McKay et al. (1996) Search for past life on Mars: Possible relic biogenic activity in Martian meteorite ALH84001, Science 273, 924-930.
McKay D.S., Thomas-Keprta K.L., Clemett S.J., Gibson E.K. Jr., Spencer L. and Wentworth S.J. (2009), Life on Mars: New evidence from Martian meteorites. Proc. of SPI,, Instruments and Methods for Astrobiology and Planetary Missions XII, Vol. 7441, 744102-1 to 733102-20 edited by R.B. Hoover, G.V. Levin, A.Y. Rozanov and K.D. Retherford. , San Diego, CA.
Everett K. Gibson, Kathie Thomas-Keprta, Simon Clemett and Penny Morris-Smith
Astromaterials Research Office, NASA Johnson Space Center