Astrobiology

Mars landscape

SETI Institute Activity Report January – March 2018

2018 has been a whirlwind at the SETI Institute already. SETI Institute researchers published in 49 peer-reviewed scientific journals (including Astrobiology, The Astrophysical Journal, Nature Astronomy, and Icarus), contributed 78 conference proceedings and abstracts and participated in 52 public talks, interviews and media stories. The SETI Institute also hosted the Decoding Alien Intelligence…
El Tatio

Searching for Life on Mars in Chile

El Tatio is a geyser field in the Andes in Chile. At more than 14,000 feet above sea level, El Tatio is among the highest and driest geyser systems in the world, making it frequent location for Mars analog research – that is, research here on Earth in environments that may be similar what the environment on Mars may be, or may have once been. SETI Institute scientist J.R. Skok was invited to…
Dale Andersen

Scientist Interview - Dale Andersen

As the American leader of a joint US/Soviet expedition to Antarctica, biologist Dale Andersen spent six months with a multinational, multicultural crew in this remote, hostile environment, carrying out research relevant to the search for life on Mars. “In addition to the rigors of the local environment,” says Andersen, “we had to address the challenges of our differing cultures and languages.”…
Nathalie Cabrol exploring in the Andes. Image credit: Nathalie Cabrol

Scientist Interview - Nathalie Cabrol

Nathalie Cabrol is a planetary scientist, an explorer, and a leader of research projects in astrobiology and extreme terrestrial environments, planetary missions, and robotics. She is a science team member of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover mission and was the main advocate for the selection of Gusev crater as the landing site for the Spirit rover on Mars. She is the Principal Investigator (PI)…

Scientist Interview - Margaret Race - Planetary Protector

Dr. Margaret Race is concerned with protecting the planets - not just Earth, but Mars and beyond. Her work focuses on ensuring that missions to the Red Planet and other Solar System bodies do not inadvertently bring terrestrial microbes along (which would complicate our search for indigenous extraterrestrial life) or return any microbes to Earth (which might be biohazardous). Her research on…