Golden Deposit, Arctic Canada

Golden Deposit, Arctic Canada

Fieldwork at the Golden Deposit of the Fort Norman Region in the Canadian Arctic focuses on understanding the oxidation processes and the preservation of organic biosignatures in a permafrost dominated environment. Biopreservation is expected to be relatively low in the active layer but below this zone the preservation of organics is increased due to the […]

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FIDO rover testing

FIDO

FIDO is a high-fidelity terrestrial rover, the FIDO rover, that focuses on a tight coupling of engineering, science, instruments, and operations. FIDO was operated at Silver Lake (California), Black Rock Summit (Nevada), and Grey Mountain (Arizona). The people, hardware and software tools transitioned from the FIDO rover technology team to multiple Mars flight surface mission […]

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Australia

Australia

Fieldwork in Australia has focused on two regions: 1) the Arkaroola site in South Australia and 2) the Pilbara in Western Australia. Arkaroola is located in the Australian Outback and is scientifically interesting for studying life in an extremely dry environment. Research has also been conducted on human factors, spacesuit, and technology testing for future […]

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Eureka, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Eureka

Work on Ellesmere Island has focused on astrobiology technology development of a low power, lightweight deep drill at a site of astrobiology interest. Scientific investigation focuses on micro-organisms within sandstone outcrops and the exploration of deep permafrost to understand the limits of life in cold environments. […]

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Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut, Canada

Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut, Canada

Axel Heiberg Island is home to a unique perennial saline spring system with liquid water flows existing year-round, even as air temperatures drop below freezing. Scientists are studying these springs as an analog for Mars where liquid water could possible also exist despite cold air and ground temperatures. Researchers are also studying the unique microbiology […]

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Atacama Desert, Chile

Atacama Desert, Chile

The Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth and an excellent location to study life in such an extreme environment. Astrobiology research in the Atacama may provide the best terrestrial analog for studies of martian soils. Ames scientists have been studying many aspects of the Atacama including microbial distributions, salt concentrations, geomorphology, […]

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Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Dry Valleys, Antarctica

The Dry Valleys of Antarctica are some of the most Mars-like places on our planet due to the extremely cold and dry conditions. Ames scientists visit the Dry Valleys to conduct scientific investigations of the nature and distribution of snow and ice as well as the habitability of these extreme valleys where life thrives even […]

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