SETI Institute Projects and Programs (Listed Chronologically)

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.


A Study of Multiplicity in Small Solar System Bodies

Monday, September 01 2008 - 11:02 am, PDT
A collaborative study of the satellites of asteroids using adaptive optics (AO). The orbits of binary systems are characterized and the internal structure of the asteroids inferred to help learn more about the proto-planetary environment.

Origins of Outer Planet Regular Satellites

Friday, August 15 2008 - 2:22 pm, PDT
Investigation into the source of the solids that led to the formation of the regular satellites of the giant planets.


Formation of Planet-Satellite Systems

Friday, August 15 2008 - 2:20 pm, PDT
Investigation into whether the regular satellites of Jupiter and Saturn formed in gas-poor or gaseous environments. This information assists with accurate interpretation of satellite observations.


Geochemical and Astrobiological Studies on Martian Aqueous Solutions at Subzero Temperatures

Friday, August 01 2008 - 4:43 pm, PDT
Study of aqueous minerals on Mars and testing of a novel methodology to search for traces of current and past life in these minerals.

Detailed Studies of Amorphous and Crystalline Ice in the Solar System

Friday, August 01 2008 - 2:17 pm, PDT
Study of the conditions under which amorphous and crystalline ices form, modeling of the surface environments of outer solar system objects, and development of rules for ice formation in the outer solar system.

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Prebiotic Synthesis of Autocatalytic and Self-Replicating Molecules from Sugars as the Primary Carbon Source

Monday, June 30 2008 - 2:19 pm, PDT
A study of the chemical processes on the primitive Earth that generated the first autocatalytic molecules and microstructures involved in the origin of life.

Properties of Saturn's Ring Particles from Occultations and Thermal Observations

Tuesday, May 13 2008 - 10:21 am, PDT
Analysis of Cassini data regarding Saturn’s main rings to further develop modeling of ring optical thickness and advance our understanding of how particle properties affect the evolution of the ring system.

Deep Water Microbialites in a Perennially Ice-covered Lake: a Key to Interpreting Ancient Microbialite Morphology

Monday, May 05 2008 - 2:50 pm, PDT
An interdisciplinary study of deep water microbialites in an Antarctic lake to further our knowledge of the limits at which life as we know it can exist.

A Coupled Thermal/Radiative Transfer Model Addressing the Infrared Emission of Saturn's Rings in Response to Radiative Forcing

Thursday, May 01 2008 - 10:09 am, PDT
A study to continue the development of a thermal/radiative transfer model of Saturn’s rings, accounting for orbital motion, spin, particle size distribution, and the vertical profile of the ring.