NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations)

NEEMO

The NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) expeditions take place in an underwater laboratory called the Aquarius module located off Key Largo, Florida. NEEMO tests human and robotic exploration operations simulation and crew training techniques to support space exploration. Ames scientists support NEEMO through Science Backroom activities to help plan, coordinate, and execute scientific investigations […]

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NASA Desert RATS (Research and Technology Studies)

NASA Desert RATS

Desert-RATS is a field campaign which conducts mission rover and extravehicular activity testing in the challenging and remote terrain of Arizona. Ames scientists have participated in Desert RATS as members of the Science Backroom team which is responsible for the strategic and tactical science planning and operations for the field test. This work is aimed […]

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Namibia

Namibia

Research in Namibia has focused on characterizing life found in the extreme desert environment. Scientists discovered microbial life under stones near the coast where moisture was provided by fog and farther inland between sand dunes, where a small amount of rainfall occurs. This work helps researchers understand the connection of life to liquid water since […]

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Mojave Desert

Mojave Desert

The Mojave Desert is a relatively inhospitable, parched, sun-drenched, desert in southern California. This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Scientific fieldwork in planetary geology, astrobiology, geology, climate change, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation are […]

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Haughton Mars Project (HMP), Canadian Arctic

Haughton Mars Project (HMP), Canadian Arctic

Research at HMP has focused on astrobiology and geology research, human and robotic exploration technology development, and human and human/robot operations requirements definition. Numerous Ames scientists have traveled to the Canadian Arctic to conduct planetary analog research at this site. […]

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Mars Desert Research Station, Utah

Mars Desert Research Station

NASA Ames scientists have conducted multiple Mars mission simulations at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) near Hanksville, Utah. Work at MDRS focuses on a variety of topics including technology testing, scientific research (geology and astrobiology), plus the study of human and robotic exploration. […]

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Lincancabur, Chile

Lincancabur, Chile

The Licancabur volcano on the border of Chile and Bolivia hosts one of the world’s highest elevation lakes. The lake environment has low oxygen levels, low atmospheric pressure and high UV radiation. The lake is ice-covered most of the year but remains liquid and above freezing at the lake bottom. These attributes make Licancabur an […]

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Lassen National Park, California

Lassen National Park, California

Located in northern California, Lassen National Park receives tens of meters of snow during the winter months. Scientists have been studying the physical and environmental conditions within the snowpacks to understand snowpack evolution throughout the season. These snows are also colonized by snow algae and scientists are studying the habitability of the snow in order […]

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Lake Untersee, Antacrtica

Lake Untersee, Antarctica

Lake Untersee is an ice-covered lake in Antarctica. Scientists are studying this lake to understand the mass balance of water and ice to explain the physics underlying the lake’s existence. Stromatolites also exist on the lake bottom which resemble the structures of lifeforms known to have formed billions of years ago. Lake Untersee is used […]

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Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro

The summit soils of Kilimanjaro are among the most extreme on Earth in terms of their near-sterile nature, extreme freeze-thaw cycles, high ultraviolet radiation flux, low atmospheric pressure, and low nutrient content and water activity. Despite these conditions, microbes are capable of surviving here. Ames scientists are studying the microbiology of these Kilimanjaro soils as […]

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