SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)
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.
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.
Friday, February 27 2009 - 2:12 pm, PST
This study investigates the spatial and temporal variations within Jupiter's rings to understand the dynamics, evolution and origin of the system. It also investigates the influence of the ring-moons Metis and Adrastea on the rings.
Tuesday, February 03 2009 - 10:02 am, PST
A project to analyze data from Jupiter's moon Europa to identify the origin and composition of non-ice deposits on the surface.
Sunday, February 01 2009 - 2:56 pm, PST
Testing of a Raman/UV instrument designed for remote detection of organic materials on future astrobiology missions, to assist in the protection of other planets from Earth microbes carried by spacecraft.
Sunday, February 01 2009 - 2:51 pm, PST
IceBite: Development of an auger bit to allow future Mars landers to collect samples from below ground level, widening the search for signs of life.
Friday, January 23 2009 - 4:16 pm, PST
The study of terrestrial life in hyper-arid deserts, particularly organisms that live within hygroscopic salts, as a step towards assessing the potential for life on Mars.
Wednesday, January 07 2009 - 3:59 pm, PST
Planetary habitability is the measure of a planet's (or a satellite’s) potential to develop and sustain life. While life beyond the Earth is still uncertain, planetary missions show that conditions for habitability (i.e. water, energy, nutrients) were met in the past, and still possibly today in specific environments on Mars and on several moons of the outer solar system. Central to our investigation is the notion that habitability evolves with time. For instance, some planets could have been habitable in the past and may not be anymore; the Earth, that is not only habitable but has developed life, has seen its broad range of habitats change over geological times through climate cycles and planetary-scale catastrophes (e.g., asteroid and comet impacts) that were followed sometimes by near complete extinctions and the redistribution of habitats and dominant species. Currently, Global Warming is showing how rapidly habitats and species can disappear following climate change. Yet, humanity’s ability to explore and understand its environment can have positive consequences, which is in the case of our planet, to reduce human-induced biodiversity loss, and for other planets, to explore and engineer apparently sterile worlds (e.g., the Moon and Mars) to make them habitable and productive for future generations.
Thursday, January 01 2009 - 2:09 pm, PST
The goal of this project is to expand the content and capabilities of the NASA Ames PAH IR Spectroscopic Database (www.astrochem.org/pahdb) that we have previously developed with NASA grant support.
Friday, December 05 2008 - 2:07 pm, PST
A comprehensive study of the spectral characteristics of carbonaceous species with the goal of understanding the effects of size, molecular structure, clustering, and charge on the spectra, and allowing us to more accurately interpret the emission characteristics of the interstellar medium.