Support the Search for Life on Mars
Nathalie Cabrol, senior research scientist and director of the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute, has been to one of the most remote and extreme environments on Earth – the high Andes of Chile, at altitudes of 9,000 to 20,000 feet. This region is one of the closest analogs of Mars that we have here on Earth. Nathalie’s field expedition is part of a NASA project to develop and test tools and instruments that will be sent to Mars to search for traces of ancient microbial life.
Nathalie’s research addresses important questions:
- How will we know what kind of life to look for on Mars, and where to find it?
- How will we recognize what we’re looking for?
- How will we understand it if we do find something?
Finding evidence of life on Mars would mean that life has existed on two of the eight planets in our solar system alone. The implications for our wider searches will be extraordinary.
The SETI Institute needs your help to help raise $80,000 to fund this important work. Funds raised this Spring will allow Nathalie and her team to commit to another field expedition this year.
In addition to research and field expeditions in some of Earth's most extreme environments, the SETI Institute is a leading force in the development of new search methodologies. Our scientists are uniquely qualified. They analyze data and geological samples to understand the environment on Mars and identify signs of life.
If you share our excitement about the importance of this work, please make a gift of $50, $100, $250 or more to help fund this Mars astrobiology project. We can't do this without you.