Planetary Exploration

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Nathalie Cabrol and NAI Team Return from Field Expedition to Chile

Nathalie Cabrol, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe, has just returned from a nearly month-long field expedition with the SETI Institute NAI team on its 2018 field expedition to the Andes.
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Update from the SETI Institute NAI Team 2018 Expedition to the Andes

Update from the SETI Institute NAI Team 2018 Expedition to the Andes
A color image of the Hellas Planitia region of Mars; north toward top.

Groundwater and Precipitation Provided Water to Form Lakes along the Northern Rim of Hellas Basin throughout Mars’s History

November 1, 2018, Mountain View, CA -- The northeastern rim region of Hellas impact basin, located in the southern hemisphere of Mars, contained numerous ephemeral lakes throughout Mars’ history, a new study reveals.
NAI Team 2018 Gear

SETI Institute NAI Team 2018 Expedition to the Andes

To Boldly Go… I usually travel light. I am one of those people who hate checking luggage so I always have a small carry-on with me in the plane. There is an exception to that... and I think I can safely say that it makes up for the rest of the year. It’s expedition time!

Lunar Exploration and Analysis Group Annual Meeting

, 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
The theme of this year’s meeting is Progress and Preparation Toward Exploring the Surface of the Moon.

Gully Formation on Mars: Did Water Play a Role

, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Virginia Gulick, Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute, will speak at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics seminar series.


, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Viriditas is a small, focused, discussion-based workshop geared towards coalescing a practical plan for supporting human life on Mars.

Taking Your Family to Ultima Thule

, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
What will humanity find one billion miles beyond Pluto? Dr. Mark Showalter, a world-renowned planetary scientist at the SETI Institute and discoverer of two of Pluto's moons, is a member of NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft's science team.

2020 Landing Site for Mars Rover Mission

, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
This NASA workshop will include oral presentations and discussion related to the science potential of the remaining candidate landing sites: Columbia Hills, Jezero Crater, and NE Syrtis, including an additional landing ellipse within the NE Syrtis region dubbed “Midway.” Midway is located closer

From Cowboys to Communities: Changing the Face of Space Exploration

, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
SETI Talks are presented by the SETI Institute and SRI International.