General Mars
  Implications of Life

  Definition of Life
  Martian Meteorite

Data Analysis
  Thin Section Analysis
  Isotope Analysis
  Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer
  Infrared Spectroscopy
  Alpha-Proton X-Ray Spectrometer
  Detection of Carbon Complexes
  Labeled Release
  Gas Exchange
  Pyrolytic Release
  Stimulus Response Experiments

Scientific Research and Design
Data Analysis -- Stimulus Response Experiments

These are again rougher tests to be used after earlier tests indicate life. We are looking for changes that are usually brought about by life in response to changes in their environment or as a usual course of life. We will monitor pH, transmittance, and general patterns over time. 

Positive: Changes in a nonrandom, survival-oriented fashion. 

Negative: No changes or activity detected. 

False-Positive: There are many possible false-positives as these are very general experiments to be used only after other indications of life are found. Depending on the findings from other experiments, these experiments will be designed and redesigned in order to give clear data. 

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