Mars Projects

Imaging Data of Slope Streaks on Mars: Changes, Fading, Resurfacing, and Dust Transport

Thursday, August 05 2010 - 10:36 am, PDT
Dark slope streaks represent one of the most dynamic geological processes currently affecting the Martian surface.

Integrated Field Science and Exploration Activities in a Relevant Underwater Environment - Lessons for the Human Scientific Exploration of the Moon and Mars

Tuesday, March 23 2010 - 4:29 pm, PDT
The described work will provide high-fidelity science, science operations, mission operations, and technology constraints to help NASA plan for future human exploration of the Moon, Mars and other planetary bodies.

Type 2 MMAMA Proposal: Integrated Field Science and Exploration Activities in a Relevant Underwater Environment

Wednesday, September 09 2009 - 10:58 am, PDT
A multi-disciplinary underwater study to understand the factors influencing microbialite morphogenesis in Lake Pavilion, British Columbia. This study is also used to identify the human factors in exploration of a foreign environment, providing useful information for the design of human missions to the Moon and Mars.


IceBite: An auger and sampling system for ground ice on Mars

Sunday, February 01 2009 - 2:51 pm, PST
IceBite: Development of an auger bit to allow future Mars landers to collect samples from below ground level, widening the search for signs of life.

Primary Productivity in Extreme Dry Environments on Earth and Mars Part II

Friday, January 23 2009 - 4:16 pm, PST
The study of terrestrial life in hyper-arid deserts, particularly organisms that live within hygroscopic salts, as a step towards assessing the potential for life on Mars.

Exploration of Planets Past, Present, and Future Habitability

Wednesday, January 07 2009 - 3:59 pm, PST
Planetary habitability is the measure of a planet's (or a satellite’s) potential to develop and sustain life. While life beyond the Earth is still uncertain, planetary missions show that conditions for habitability (i.e. water, energy, nutrients) were met in the past, and still possibly today in specific environments on Mars and on several moons of the outer solar system. Central to our investigation is the notion that habitability evolves with time. For instance, some planets could have been habitable in the past and may not be anymore; the Earth, that is not only habitable but has developed life, has seen its broad range of habitats change over geological times through climate cycles and planetary-scale catastrophes (e.g., asteroid and comet impacts) that were followed sometimes by near complete extinctions and the redistribution of habitats and dominant species. Currently, Global Warming is showing how rapidly habitats and species can disappear following climate change. Yet, humanity’s ability to explore and understand its environment can have positive consequences, which is in the case of our planet, to reduce human-induced biodiversity loss, and for other planets, to explore and engineer apparently sterile worlds (e.g., the Moon and Mars) to make them habitable and productive for future generations.


Geochemical and Astrobiological Studies on Martian Aqueous Solutions at Subzero Temperatures

Friday, August 01 2008 - 4:43 pm, PDT
Study of aqueous minerals on Mars and testing of a novel methodology to search for traces of current and past life in these minerals.

Mars Surface Processes, Exploration and Educational Outreach

Monday, May 19 2008 - 9:58 am, PDT
This project provides support for selecting the Mars landing site, the HiRISE team, and the GFA project.


Planetary Science and Exploration Investigations in Terrestrial Analog Environments

Wednesday, May 07 2008 - 10:53 am, PDT
The investigation of physical, chemical, geologic, hydrologic, and microbiologic features, settings, and processes in extreme environments on Earth that may serve as analogs for extraterrestrial planetary environments.

Recent Climate Shifts Circulation Patterns, and Climate Driven Erosion Recorded in the Morphology of Southern Hemisphere Sand Dunes of Mars

Tuesday, February 26 2008 - 4:48 pm, PST
A study of the impact of water during climate changes on Mars, erosion, and the formation of dunes.