SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

Deep Water Microbialites in a Perennially Ice-covered Lake: a Key to Interpreting Ancient Microbialite Morphology

Monday, May 05 2008 - 2:50 pm, PDT
An interdisciplinary study of deep water microbialites in an Antarctic lake to further our knowledge of the limits at which life as we know it can exist.

A Coupled Thermal/Radiative Transfer Model Addressing the Infrared Emission of Saturn's Rings in Response to Radiative Forcing

Thursday, May 01 2008 - 10:09 am, PDT
A study to continue the development of a thermal/radiative transfer model of Saturn’s rings, accounting for orbital motion, spin, particle size distribution, and the vertical profile of the ring.

Investigation of Planetary Scale Atmospheric Dynamics Through Analysis of Data From Mars Global Surveyor

Wednesday, April 02 2008 - 10:00 am, PDT
Investigation into the large-scale dynamics of the Martian atmosphere and identification of seasonal variations.

Mars Polar Ice Grain Size Mapping Using CRISM

Tuesday, April 01 2008 - 3:57 pm, PDT
Mapping of the seasonal presence of H2O and CO2 at the Martian poles.

Experiments on Electrostatic Charging and Transport of Lunar Dust

Tuesday, March 04 2008 - 2:14 pm, PST
Research to determine how to minimize the impact of lunar dust upon exploration of the moon.

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.

Planetary Protection, Solar System Missions and Mars Sample Return: Research, Analysis and Issues Communication

Friday, February 01 2008 - 2:00 pm, PST
Detailed analysis of potential planetary protection issues, risk communication, and public outreach and education regarding planetary protection policies and implementation plans.

The Stratospheric TeraHertz Observatory

Monday, January 28 2008 - 10:02 am, PST
Study of the life cycle of interstellar medium using spectral line imaging by the Stratospheric TeraHertz Observatory, furthering our understanding of star formation.

Modeling the Origin and Early Evolution of Life

Monday, September 24 2007 - 2:15 pm, PDT
This study develops techniques for the analysis of astrobiological samples, including laboratory modeling of processes and characterization of known biogeological materials as a benchmark against which to compare field samples.

Hydrogen in the Rock Column

Saturday, September 01 2007 - 4:33 pm, PDT
A study of the amount of hydrogen contained in the rock column, how it is released, and its availability to deep microbial communities.