SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

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.

Characterization of Martian Surface Mineralogy

Thursday, May 28 2009 - 10:39 am, PDT
Analysis of data collected from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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.


Dynamic Response of the Environment at the Moon (DREAM)

Wednesday, April 01 2009 - 2:15 pm, PDT
Study of the lunar environment, including dust and extreme environmental conditions, to support missions such as LADEE, LRO, etc.