Dry Valleys, Antarctica

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 in sub-freezing temperatures. Ames researchers also conduct technology testing in this Mars analog environment. Recent work has focused on validating drilling systems that could one day be used to drill on Mars.