Sensing Other Worlds Projects


Monday, April 06 2015 - 9:57 pm, PDT
A new instrument that combines two high-resolution telescope techniques – adaptive optics and interferometry – has for the first time distinguished and studied the individual stars in a nearby binary star system, demonstrating promise for eventually picking out planets around other stars.


Monday, April 06 2015 - 9:55 pm, PDT
CAMS is an automated video surveillance of the night sky in search of meteor showers to validate the IAU Working List of Meteor Showers.

Gemini Planet Imager

Monday, April 06 2015 - 9:54 pm, PDT
The instrument, called the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), was designed, built, and optimized for imaging faint planets next to bright stars and probing their atmospheres, and studying dusty disks around young stars. It is the most advanced such instrument to be deployed on one of the world’s biggest telescopes – the 8-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile.

Planetary Lake Lander

Monday, April 06 2015 - 9:48 pm, PDT
The Planetary Lake Lander project that will develop an adaptive probe as well as exploration strategies to explore the lakes of Titan, while monitoring the impact of deglaciation on terrestrial lake habitat and biodiversity in the Chilean Andes. In turn, results from this investigation are expected to provide insights into habitability and life potential on Mars during similar geological periods when glaciers were still present at the surface.

Astrobiological Investigations of Martian Perchlorate and Carbonate Containing Soils

Monday, June 22 2009 - 10:59 am, PDT
Analysis of the roles perchlorate and carbonate chemistry play in the origin, preservation, and distribution of organic biosignatures on Mars.

Detection of Organics and Bioburden

Sunday, February 01 2009 - 2:56 pm, PST
Testing of a Raman/UV instrument designed for remote detection of organic materials on future astrobiology missions, to assist in the protection of other planets from Earth microbes carried by spacecraft.


IceBite: An auger and sampling system for ground ice on Mars

Sunday, February 01 2009 - 2:51 pm, PST
IceBite: Development of an auger bit to allow future Mars landers to collect samples from below ground level, widening the search for signs of life.

In Situ Chemical Activation of Nanostructured Biosensor Arrays for Astrobiology Science

Friday, October 24 2008 - 10:57 am, PDT
Development of a device to chemically activate nanostructured sensor arrays in situ on Mars and other planetary surfaces.