Missions to Planetary Analogs: Science and Technology That Enable Robotic Planetary Exploration
When: April 18, 2017 3PM PDT
Studies of different, extreme environments on Earth have revolutionized our understanding of how life on Earth might have emerged, and also have advanced our knowledge of possible environments where life could exist on other planets. To advance this knowledge further and to prepare for the exploration of potential habitable environments elsewhere, there is a need for new, innovative in-situ exploration technologies and analytical methods. In this talk I will review our most recent field campaigns to planetary analog environments, from desert to Antarctic settings, where we have tested and refined new technologies and operational strategies for the in-situ astrobiological exploration of Mars, Europa, and beyond.