Douglas Galante

Geosciences, Life Sciences

Passionate about the sky since he was a child, Douglas Galante discovered that the best way to become an astronaut was to become a great scientist. Today he scours Martian soil right here on Earth. He also leads the Carnaúba group, which does research at the Brazilian particle accelerator Sirius.

With a degree in molecular sciences from the University of São Paulo, Douglas holds a PhD in astronomy from the Institute of Astronomy, Geophysics and Atmospheric Sciences, also at USP. He obtained his post-doctorate at the same institute. Douglas Galante’s research is an exercise in detecting life in inhospitable places by investigating extremophile organisms. His taste for the extreme turned into a passion for heights. Climbing came as a natural consequence, but he didn’t stop there. Douglas has a pilot’s license and has even taken a skydiving course.


Unlocking the Secrets of Mars: Utilizing terrestrial analogs and laboratory simulations to unravel the Martian environment
Science / Ciências da terra

The study of life on Earth can significantly contribute to the development of science related to the habitability of Mars. One potential key lies in extremophile organisms that inhabit environments on Earth similar to those on Mars, such as the iron-rich region of Minas Gerais, the arid deserts of the Atacama, and the icy conditions of Antarctica. The exploration of these environments will yield a collection of microorganisms. These can be used to simulate potential responses to Martian conditions and to test various methods of detecting them under these conditions.

Amount invested

R$ 107,920.48

Open Calls

Science Call 1
  • Topics
  • Analogue terrestrial environments
  • Arid deserts
  • Extremophile organisms
  • Frostiness
  • Iron-rich region
  • Mars
  • Planet