The PISCES December newsletter featured BASALT field activities from their November 2016 deployment to Mauna Ulu.
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.
PSTAR Selects BASALT Team to Conduct Mars Research in Hawaii and Idaho
The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, or PISCES, is one of several partners that will execute a four-year, $4.2 million Mars research project designed to help prepare for future human and robotic missions to the Red Planet.