SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

Experiments to investigate Coherent Backscatter from atmosphereless bodies

Friday, October 31 2014 - 12:17 pm, PDT
We propose to conduct a set of controlled laboratory experiments to investigate the nature of coherent backscattering from high albedo, atmosphereless solar system bodies.

Polar water ice clouds and dust aerosols seasonal mapping using CRISM EPF data

Friday, October 31 2014 - 12:09 pm, PDT
We propose to use Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) emission phase function (EPF) measurements in the Martian poles (regions poleward of 55° latitude) to map dust and water ice aerosols and surface albedos as a function of season using CRISM data.

Characterization of Martian Surface Mineralogy and Habitability

Friday, October 31 2014 - 12:04 pm, PDT
Characterization of the Martian surface via orbit and landed investigations is proposed here. We will be analyzing data collected by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) that is currently in orbit at Mars. We are also performing lab analyses that provide ground truthing for the MRO-CRISM data.

Low temperature characterization of hydrohalite and related salts essential to life in the Atacama

Friday, October 31 2014 - 11:58 am, PDT
We propose to extend an existing project funded by the Astrobiology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology program to study cyanobacteria inside Atacama halite pinnacles that will enable characterization of these potential habitats on other planetary bodies.

Investigating the Origin of Layered Outcrops in the Mawrth Vallis Region

Friday, October 31 2014 - 11:46 am, PDT
The Mawrth Vallis region contains one of the largest outcrops of layered material, largely dominated by phyllosilicate-bearing rocks and adorned by discordant layering and unusual textures. The goal of this project is to determine the origins of these layered outcrops and test whether sedimentary processes may have contributed to their formation.

Investigating the mineralogy at Libya Montes, Mars, determining if carbonates are present, and characterizing the geologic history of the Isidis Planitia region

Friday, October 31 2014 - 11:42 am, PDT
This project includes five coordinated tasks designed to investigate the composition, character and stratigraphy of the aqueous mineralogy at Libya Montes and revise our understanding of the valley networks along the southern edge of Isidis Basin and the dominant geologic processes that have governed the Isidis Planitia region.

Terrestrial Planet Geologic History Investigations

Friday, October 31 2014 - 11:24 am, PDT
PI Beyer proposes several scientific, mission support, and public outreach activities that include investigations on Mars, the Moon, the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, and Pluto.

Methane Imaging Search for Planetary Mass Objects in the Nearest Star-Forming Regions

Friday, October 31 2014 - 11:06 am, PDT
Methane Imaging Search for Planetary Mass Objects in the Nearest Star-Forming Regions

Validation, calibration, and scientific analysis of profiles acquired by the atmospheric sounders on MGS and MRO

Friday, October 31 2014 - 10:39 am, PDT
This investigation will assess the accuracy and mutual consistency of atmospheric profiles acquired by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES), the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Mars Climate Sounder (MCS), and radio occultation (RO) experiments conducted with both spacecraft.

The Formation and Detection of Biogenic Aromatics in Dense Molecular Clouds around Embedded Protostars

Wednesday, October 15 2014 - 2:06 pm, PDT
This work involves building a database of the spectra of aromatic compounds, for use in interpreting astronomical observations and in developing instrumentation for planetary landers and probes. We are pursuing collaborations in this area with other scientists at NASA, universities, and non-profits.

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