CSI: Mars

I’m sure we’re all devoting a lot of thought to the unusual aspects of conducting police investigations on Mars. You’ll be glad to know The Atlantic is on top of this important issue.

Consider the basic science of crime-scene analysis. In the dry, freezer-like air and extreme solar exposure of Mars, DNA will age differently than it does on Earth. Blood from blunt-trauma and stab wounds will produce dramatically new spatter patterns in the planet’s low gravity. Electrostatic charge will give a new kind of evidentiary value to dust found clinging to the exteriors of space suits and nearby surfaces. …

Click through if you’d like to write a murder mystery set on Mars. Lots of good information that I’m sure would come in handy.

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