Mars

98: A place on Earth as dry as Mars with Dr. Azua-Bustos

Dr. Armando Azua-Bustos  talks about how he discovered the driest place on Earth— a region in the  Atacama Desert  not far from where he grew up. He explains how he collects and studies microbial life that live in these extremely dry regions.  Learn more about his research  here , or visit the  webpage of the Centro De Astrobiología .

Dr. Armando Azua-Bustos talks about how he discovered the driest place on Earth— a region in the Atacama Desert not far from where he grew up. He explains how he collects and studies microbial life that live in these extremely dry regions.

Learn more about his research here, or visit the webpage of the Centro De Astrobiología.

94: Seven hundred new craters on Mars with Dr. Daubar

Dr. Ingrid Daubar  stops by to talk about  HiRISE , a camera on a Mars-orbiting spacecraft that takes amazing images of the Martian surface. She explains how she uses these images to search for fresh craters, and how you (yes you!) suggest areas of the planet for this camera to image. (Correction to episode: Mars’ atmosphere is 0.6% that ofEarth, not 6%).   HiWish public suggestion page!

Dr. Ingrid Daubar stops by to talk about HiRISE, a camera on a Mars-orbiting spacecraft that takes amazing images of the Martian surface. She explains how she uses these images to search for fresh craters, and how you (yes you!) suggest areas of the planet for this camera to image. (Correction to episode: Mars’ atmosphere is 0.6% that ofEarth, not 6%).

HiWish public suggestion page!

Episode 27: Searching Iceland’s lava fields for life on Mars with Dr. Cable

Dr Morgan Cable  comes  back on the podcast  to tell us about how she and a team of scientists searched a fresh lava field in Iceland to look for signs of life. They pretended to see the landscape like a rover would, so that the lessons they learned in Iceland could be applied to the search for life on Mars. Listen in for their surprising results, and to hear a bonus story about an adventurous  search for a meteorite in Nevada .  The project Dr. Cable worked on was inspired by the  Nordic-NASA astrobiology summer school , which I also participated in.

Dr Morgan Cable comes back on the podcast to tell us about how she and a team of scientists searched a fresh lava field in Iceland to look for signs of life. They pretended to see the landscape like a rover would, so that the lessons they learned in Iceland could be applied to the search for life on Mars. Listen in for their surprising results, and to hear a bonus story about an adventurous search for a meteorite in Nevada.

The project Dr. Cable worked on was inspired by the Nordic-NASA astrobiology summer school, which I also participated in.