Astrobiology of Icy Worlds: Habitability, Survivability, and Detectability

Project Objective

The primary goal in the Astrobiology of Icy Worlds Investigation is to advance our understanding of the role of ice in the broad context of astrobiology through combined laboratory, numerical, analytical, and field investigations. The Icy Worlds team is pursuing this goal through four major investigations; the habitability, survivability, and detectability of life of icy worlds coupled with "Path to Flight" technology demonstrations.

As the team searches for signatures for life by "following the ice," such questions have emerged as can life emerge and thrive in a cold, lightless world beneath hundreds of kilometers of ice? And if so, do the icy shells hold clues to life in the subsurface environment? These questions are the primary motivation of these science investigations.

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Project Team

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Contact Information

Alison E. Murray | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Desert Research Instituite | Earth and Ecosystem Sciences

Funded by

DRI | NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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