SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

In Situ Chemical Activation of Nanostructured Biosensor Arrays for Astrobiology Science

Friday, October 24 2008 - 10:57 am, PDT
Development of a device to chemically activate nanostructured sensor arrays in situ on Mars and other planetary surfaces.

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.

Revealing the Clays on Mars

Friday, August 15 2008 - 10:38 am, PDT
Phyllosilicates have been identified in numerous outcrops on Mars in Mars Express/OMEGA and MRO/CRISM images of the highlands and may be a component of Martian TES data as well.


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.