2006 Annual Science Report

Virtual Planetary Laboratory (JPL/CalTech) Reporting  |  JUL 2005 – JUN 2006

Executive Summary

Laying the Scientific Foundation for the Search for Life Beyond the Solar System

Because of the vast distances to even the nearest stars, NASA and ESA’s search for life outside our solar system will be undertaken using astronomical “remote-sensing” techniques, of which spectroscopy is the most powerful. The Virtual Planetary Laboratory is a suite of computer models that allow us to explore the spectra of simulated extrasolar environments, to provide a theoretical foundation to ultimately improve our ability to identify signs of habitability and life in distant planetary spectra.

The Virtual Planetary Laboratory Lead Team

The NAI Virtual Planetary Laboratory Lead Team is an interdisciplinary group of researchers whose broader scientific focus is the search for habitable planets and life beyond the Solar System. The team’s expertise encompasses astronomy, geology, planetary science, Earth science, ecology and biology. Under the auspices of the NAI, the VPL ... Continue reading.

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