NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received grants of approximately $ 8 million over five years to continue exploring possible life on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
The JPL research team is Rosaly Lopes, Planetary Science Manager, currently a member of the Cassini Flight Project. Your team will study the data from the Cassini-Huygens mission, which habitable environments exist on Titan and what potential signatures of life are to be expected.
Lopes' team is one of three research teams that NASA has selected for the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the Universe.
"These research teams will deliver the critical interdisciplinary expertise needed to interpret data from these missions and future astrobiology-focused missions," said NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green Pricing Announcement
The interdisciplinary teams become members of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), based at the agency's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California.
The other two selected teams are ENIGMA (Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and ACIR (The Astrobiology Center for Isotopolog Research at Pennsylvania State University, University Park. [1
For more information about the NASA Astrobiology Institute, visit www.nai.nasa.gov.