NASA Ames Space Scientists Help Test Life Detection Drill in the Atacama Desert

The Atacama Rover Astrobiology Drilling Studies (ARADS) project has just completed its first deployment after one month of fieldwork in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert, the “driest place on Earth.

Rocks - JPL

Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles for Mars Rover Team

In detective stories, as the plot thickens, an unexpected clue often delivers more questions than answers. In this case, the scene is a mountain on Mars. The clue: the chemical compound silica. Lots of silica. The sleuths: a savvy band of Earthbound researchers whose agent on Mars is NASA's laser-flashing, one-armed mobile laboratory, Curiosity.

NAI Astrochemistry Team Dark Sky

Ames NAI Astrochemistry Team Supports Astrobiology at Lassen Volcanic Dark Sky Festival

Drs. Scott Sandford and Andrew Mattioda supported NASA’s Astrobiology Institute’s public outreach efforts during the Lassen Volcanic Dark Sky Festival, August 7-9, 2015, Lassen Volcanic Park.
FINESSE and BASALT Media Day

FINESSE and BASALT programs hold Media Day at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

NASA's Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science and Exploration (FINESSE) and Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) teams partnered with the National Park Service (NPS) to host a Media Day at the Robert Limbert Visitor Center at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho (August 2015).  

Resource Prospector Prototype Rover and Payload get Dirty!

Resource Prospector Prototype Rover and Payload get Dirty!

For the last several weeks (3-17 August, 2015) the Resource Prospector (RP) team has been conducting functional and performance testing of an RP rover and payload prototype at JSC. 
Leonard Medal awarded to Dr. Jeff Cuzzi

Leonard Medal awarded to Dr. Jeff Cuzzi

The Meteoritical Society gave its highest award, the Leonard Medal, to Ames' Jeff Cuzzi at the 2015 annual meeting, this year held on the UC Berkeley campus.
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