Hawaii Tribune-Herald: NASA team scouting for Mars simulation sites

Scientists are scouting lava flow fields around Kilauea this week as part of a NASA-funded study that could help lay the groundwork for a manned mission to Mars.

A goal of the BASALT research project — which stands for Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains — is to develop the mission methods and protocols astronauts might one day use to extract rock samples from the Martian terrain and look for signs of microbial life.

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Idaho State University Receives new $400,000 NASA grant to study Idaho, Hawaii lava flows to aid Mars research

ISU geosciences researchers Scott Hughes, left, and Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak have received a $400,000 NASA grant to study lava flows in Idaho and Hawaii. (Photo by Bethany Baker, ISU Photo Services)
ISU geosciences researchers Scott Hughes, left, and Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak have received a $400,000 NASA grant to study lava flows in Idaho and Hawaii. (Photo by Bethany Baker, ISU Photo Services)

This summer there could be NASA space rovers working along side NASA astronauts and Idaho State University researchers who are teaming up on Earth at the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho and at the east side of Hawaii’s Big Island to figure out how to better accomplish scientific research in space.

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