SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

Characterizing Daytime Aeolian Erosion Potential on Mars Using a Turbulence-Resolving Atmospheric Model

Wednesday, October 01 2008 - 4:51 pm, PDT
A study of the impact of convection and wind within the Martian atmosphere upon the Martian surface.

Study of the ISM in Early-type Galaxies: the Infrared View

Thursday, September 04 2008 - 4:07 pm, PDT
A study to determine the fraction of elliptical galaxies that show star formation and to measure their star formation rates.


A Study of Multiplicity in Small Solar System Bodies

Monday, September 01 2008 - 11:02 am, PDT
A collaborative study of the satellites of asteroids using adaptive optics (AO). The orbits of binary systems are characterized and the internal structure of the asteroids inferred to help learn more about the proto-planetary environment.

Biofuels for Sustainable Space Exploration

Monday, September 01 2008 - 10:33 am, PDT
Research into sustainable energy sources for NASA’s long-term missions, with analysis of two of the most promising biofuel feedstocks: cellulose and algae.

Origins of Outer Planet Regular Satellites

Friday, August 15 2008 - 2:22 pm, PDT
Investigation into the source of the solids that led to the formation of the regular satellites of the giant planets.


Formation of Planet-Satellite Systems

Friday, August 15 2008 - 2:20 pm, PDT
Investigation into whether the regular satellites of Jupiter and Saturn formed in gas-poor or gaseous environments. This information assists with accurate interpretation of satellite observations.


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.

Accretion Disk Processes: From Dust to Planetesimals, and Formation and Evolution of Satellite Systems

Friday, August 01 2008 - 4:40 pm, PDT
A study into how planetesimals form from dust and how satellite systems form around giant planets.

Detailed Studies of Amorphous and Crystalline Ice in the Solar System

Friday, August 01 2008 - 2:17 pm, PDT
Study of the conditions under which amorphous and crystalline ices form, modeling of the surface environments of outer solar system objects, and development of rules for ice formation in the outer solar system.

Studies of Atomic and Molecular Opacity in Astrophysical Environments and the Application of Computer Modeling of Brown Dwarfs and Extra Solar Planets

Thursday, July 24 2008 - 9:47 am, PDT
Contribution to the creation of detailed models of brown dwarfs and extra solar planets, in particular atomic and molecular opacity and the continued development of computer modeling.