SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

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.

Monitoring Active Atmospheres on Uranus and Neptune

Tuesday, September 01 2009 - 2:02 pm, PDT
Snapshot observations of Uranus and Neptune to further understand the changes in the atmospheric bands and bright spots of these two dynamic planets.

Photoevaporation and Viscous Evolution in Protoplanetary Disks

Tuesday, September 01 2009 - 9:53 am, PDT
A study of the evaporation of protoplanetary disks at the same time more material is accreting onto the disk.

The Rings Node for the Planetary Data System

Friday, August 28 2009 - 2:14 pm, PDT
Continued improvements in the Planetary Data System, specifically the Rings Node, including development of an interactive website to engage the public about the diversity and significance of planetary ring systems.

Microbial Contamination Detection at Very Low Levels by [125] I Radiolabeling

Friday, July 17 2009 - 2:16 pm, PDT
The goal of this projects is to develop a new and more sensitive method for the determination of bioburdens for planetary protection purposes.

Astrobiological Investigations of Martian Perchlorate and Carbonate Containing Soils

Monday, June 22 2009 - 10:59 am, PDT
Analysis of the roles perchlorate and carbonate chemistry play in the origin, preservation, and distribution of organic biosignatures on Mars.

REU Site: Life in the Universe - Astrobioloigy at the SETI Institute

Monday, June 15 2009 - 10:32 am, PDT
The SETI Institute (SI) proposes a renewed REU site with a focus on astrobiology, the study of the living universe. Astrobiology is cross-disciplinary, ranging from astronomy and astrophysics to planetary sciences life sciences, geology, and chemistry to explore the universe.

Calculation of High-Resolution IR Spectra, Including Line Lists and Intensities, for Astronomically Interesting Molecules and their Isotopes: NH3, CO2, SO2, CH3OH, CH3CN, and CH3-O-CH3

Monday, June 01 2009 - 10:04 am, PDT
Determination of line spectra for a range of eigenstates of astrobiologically interesting compounds; this info can be used in interpreting spectra from the Herschel, SOFIA, and JWST missions

Multiwavelength Studies of Gaseous Protoplanetary Disks

Monday, June 01 2009 - 9:52 am, PDT
A study of the evolution of gaseous protoplanetary disks using gas line emission, and the estimation of disk dispersal times.

Planetary Ring-Moon Systems: Observation and Interpretation

Friday, May 15 2009 - 2:13 pm, PDT
This study analyzes the existing data on the rings of Uranus and Neptune, using data from Voyager and other public-domain archives.