The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Dr Nathalie Cabrol and the Licancabur Lake in Chile

Throughout October and November, the SETI Institute will release some of the short videos and trailers developed in house at the SETI Institute by our Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun as part of the project The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking which deals with the contemporary debates on astrobiology and terraforming. Two areas of expertise developed at the SETI Institute by our world class scientists.

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TITLE: THE LIFE, THE SEA AND THE SPACE VIKING// Dr Nathalie Cabrol and the Licancabur Lake in Chile 

This clip introduces us to Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Carl Sagan Center. Nathalie explains how she travels to extreme places such as the Licancabur Lake at 5900m elevation in Chile, in order to study them and work out what makes a planet or moon habitable.

Nathalie Cabrol, Senior Research Scientist, Director of the Carl Sagan Center

Nathalie has been a Principal Investigator (PI) at the SETI Institute since 1998. She leads projects in planetary science and astrobiology, develops science exploration strategies for Mars, Titan, and the Outer Solar System icy moons, and designs robotic field experiments. She explores high altitude lakes in the Andes where environmental conditions are analogous to early Mars. With her team, she documents life’s adaptation to extreme environments, the effect of rapid climate change on lake ecosystems and habitats, its geobiological signatures, and relevance to planetary exploration. Since January 2015, she is the PI of the SETI Institute NASA Astrobiology Institute team that seeks to understand the impact of rapid environmental change on habitability and biosignature potential on Mars.


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