Exobiology Branch investigators conduct field research in Chile

Research in Chile

In support of their Exobiology funded research to examine methane production in Mars analogue hypersaline environments, Brad Bebout and Angela Detweiler, of Ames’ Exobiology Branch recently conducted field research in Chile.Accompanied by Co-I Cheryl Kelley, University of Missouri Columbia and students Brooke Nicholson and Tyler Mauney, of the University of Missouri and Florida State University, […]

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United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.)

Spaceward Bound Visits the UAE

Research in the United Arab Emirates has focused on studying life in this extreme environment. Scientists collected data to correlate microbial life, moisture content, and the presence of nitrates and perchlorate as the surface transitioned from coastal tidal flats in the north, gravel plains near the eastern mountains along the Oman border, and salt marshes, […]

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Spitsbergen (Svalbard)

Spitsbergen (Svalbard) island, located north of Norway, is used as a Mars analog environment. Some of the northernmost springs are found on Spitsbergen and scientists study these systems to understand liquid water flows in ambient subfreezing temperatures. Research is also conducted on the periglacial landscapes by studying the geomorphology of the region to understand past […]

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Rio Tinto, Spain

Rio Tinto, Spain

The Rio Tinto site is ideal for astrobiology research in an extreme acid environment that is a possible analog for the martian subsurface. On both Earth and Mars, water and chemical energy could support (or could have supported) life in an acidic, anoxic environment. Bacteria that are present in the very acidic Rio Tinto play […]

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RESOLVE field campaign, Hawaii

RESOLVE field campaign, Hawaii

NASA’s RESOLVE (Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen Lunar Volatile Extraction) project is aimed at developing and testing methods and protocols for in situ resource utilization. Ames scientists are providing prospecting instrumentation for the field rover (neutron spectrometer and near-infrared spectrometer) and also developing tools and operational concepts for Science Backroom activities. […]

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