Each year, the Ames-led FINESSE (Field Investigations to Enable Solar System Science & Exploration) team conducts planetary analog fieldwork in the volcanic landscape in and around Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho. Fieldwork focuses on understand the processes, geomorphic features and rock types related to fissure eruptions, volcanic constructs, lava tubes, flows and pyroclastic deposits. We use this knowledge gained from terrestrial fieldwork to better understand similar volcanic processes and features on other planetary bodies in our Solar System. The FINESSE fieldwork was recently highlighted in a segment broadcast on The Science Channel titled “Strip the Cosmos Expedition Mars”. Fieldwork was filmed at Kings Bowl, Idaho and features FINESSE Co-Is Scott Hughes (Idaho State) and Brent Garry (NASA GSFC).
The video segment can be viewed here: