Join Researcher Rosalba Bonaccorsi on her Spaceward Bound Expedition on the North Island of New Zealand (16-21 January 2015)

Rosalba Bonaccorsi

My name is Rosalba and I am an interdisciplinary environmental scientist. I have worked as an astrobiologist at the Carl Sagan Center/SETI Institute since 2008 and with scientists at at NASA Ames Research Center since 2005.

I enjoy doing science to advance our understanding of our universe, and to inspire old and new generations of my fellow humans - from any latitude, longitude, and altitude - to pursue happiness through knowledge, exploration, and discovery.

My objective is to achieve a broad picture of where life and its signatures are most successfully distributed, concentrated, preserved, and detected. This knowledge helps us to understand how to search for life beyond Earth.

The SETI Institute is proud to collaborate and support the Spaceward Bound Expedition in New Zealand this year by sharing with the kiwi enthusiasts the fascinating research that we will conduct during the expedition. We aim to elevate public awareness about planetary analog research taking place on Earth, and the associated space missions such as Mars Science Lab and the upcoming Mars 2020 missions.