Modes of Adaptation, Resistance, and Survival for Life Inhabiting a Freeze-Dried-Radiation-Bathed Environment (MARSLIFE)
Extraterrestrial life-detection systems are a current area of research conducted by NASA and other agencies and institutions, often focusing on microorganisms on Earth capable of surviving in the harsh environments, particularly those on Mars. The researchers of this project seek to contribute to the knowledge base supporting life-detection system development. The researchers` objectives include collecting and characterizing previously described and novel microorganisms found in Earth’s atmosphere, analyzing genes conferring freeze and desiccation resistance in such species, and simulating hostile environments found on extraterrestrial planets. Evaluating radiation, freezing and desiccation tolerance and transferring these traits on to suitable laboratory bacterial strains may provide valuable insight into possible mechanisms of survival in organisms that could inhabit Mars and other planets.
Principal Investigator: Dua, Sumeet -- Computer Science
NASA thru LSU
|Start Period: 07/02/2010
||End Period: 06/30/2014