Planetary Systems Branch (Code SST)

PLRP

Pavilion Lake team conducts successful Operational Readiness Test at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab JSC) July 8-12, 2013

The Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) is currently in Phase 3 of its operations, and is preparing for a science-driven field deployment at Pavilion Lake in the summer of 2014.

Rover Zöe in the Atacama desert

Drilling our Way to Life on Mars – Rover-Mounted Drill Autonomously Explores Subsurface Life in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Whether life ever existed on Mars or was capable of surviving profound climate changes is still unknown, and is a central question to the upcoming Mars 2020 mission. Despite large aquifers predicted at depth and surface ice in the polar regions, most of Mars remains extremely arid.

Haven House Family Shelter NASA Ames Tour, July 1, 2013

Darlene Lim organized a tour of Ames for 25 visitors (20 kids, 5 adults) from the Inn Vision Shelter Network on Monday, July 1.  The tour took the group to the VMS, Exploration Encounter, 80x120 USAF Wind Tunnel, and the iRG Mars yard (Code TI). 
Zoë Robot Returns To Chile's Atacama Desert On NASA Mission To Search For Subsurface Life

Zoë Robot Returns To Chile's Atacama Desert On NASA Mission To Search For Subsurface Life

PITTSBURGH - The autonomous, solar-powered Zoë, which became the first robot to map microbial life during a 2005 field expedition in Chile’s Atacama Desert, is heading back to the world’s driest desert this month on a NASA astrobiology mission led by Carnegie Mellon University and the SETI Institute. This time, Zoë is equipped with a one-meter drill to search for subsurface life.

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