Latest AMASE Stories

2010-08-08 22:20:00

Two UK scientists are traveling to one of the coldest places on Earth to help them understand how life could exist on other planets in our Solar System.Professor Liane Benning (University of Leeds) and Dr Dominique Tobler (University of Glasgow) are travelling to Ny-Ó¦lesund on the island of Svalbard to investigate how the snow and ice there was first colonized by extremophiles "“ organisms that thrive in harsh conditions.The team will spend two weeks on...

2009-06-08 11:55:00

Scientists have developed a new cleaning protocol for space hardware, such as the scoops of Mars rovers, which could be used on future "Search for Life" missions on other planets.The new protocol was developed as part of a project to investigate life that exists in extreme Arctic environments, which are the closest analogue we have on Earth to the surface of Mars. The studies are also designed to help guide future NASA and ESA planetary missions.Published today in the journal Astrobiology,...

2009-04-10 15:40:00

Steve "Ark" Vander Ark takes a deep breath at the foot of the stairs in a lonely, dusky stairwell, then turns and heads up ten long flights of steps "“ for the eighth time. He'll repeat this ritual thrice more, for a total of 100 flights of stairs, in the NASA Johnson Space Center building where he works. And to top it all off, he's wearing a fully-laden backpack. Why? He's getting ready to climb Mount Everest. Why? Because it's there "“ and because he wants to do a NASA...

2009-01-06 18:25:00

If aliens from another planet sent a probe to Earth in search of life, their most promising target would be the tropics, where the greatest density and diversity of life are found. But on other nearby worlds, planets and moons within reach of present-day spacecraft, tropics are hard to come by. Most likely, if we find life elsewhere in our solar system, we'll find it in ice. That view is what motivated Jen Eigenbrode, a geobiologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md., to...

2006-08-14 09:45:00

High in the Arctic, just below Earth's north polar ice cap, a collaboration of nearly two dozen biologists, geologists, and engineers have embarked on an expedition to Mars. The scientists and researchers are spending two and a half weeks at the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean north of Norway. The goal of this annual expedition, called the Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition (AMASE), is to characterize the geology, geophysical features, biosignatures, and possible life forms of...

2006-06-19 18:35:00

When scientists examined a meteorite from Mars under a microscope, they discovered tiny mineral spheres that, some argued, were produced by living organisms. Now, researchers working in the high Arctic have found similar mineral features, produced not by microbes, but by a volcano. The city of Hammerfest lies at the northern tip of Norway, well above the Arctic Circle. If you board a ship heading north from there, just before you reach the polar ice cap you run into a group of islands known...

2005-10-05 07:15:08

OSLO, Norway -- Living microbes found in what could be 1 million-year-old ice on a remote Arctic island support the theory that the frozen planet Mars could also sustain life, researchers said Tuesday. An international team drilled ice core samples on the remote Svalbard islands at the extinct Sverrefjell volcano. They said that is the only place on Earth with the same minerals - called magnetite crystals - as those found on a meteorite from Mars that was discovered in the Antarctic in 1996....

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