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Life in the Atacama: A scoring system for habitability and the robotic exploration for life

Authors
  • Andrew N, Hock
  • Nathalie Cabrol
  • James M, Dohm
  • Jennifer, Piatek
  • Kim, Warren‐rhodes
  • Shmuel, Weinstein
  • David S, Wettergreen
  • Edmond Grin
  • Jeffrey, Moersch
  • Charles S, Cockell
  • Peter, Coppin
  • Lauren, Ernst
  • Gregory, Fisher
  • Craig, Hardgrove
  • Lucia, Marinangeli
  • Edwin, Minkley
  • Gian Gabriele, Ori
  • Alan, Waggoner
  • Mike, Wyatt
  • Trey, Smith
  • And 7 more
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2007
Volume
112
Issue
G4
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

[1] The science goals of the Life in the Atacama (LITA) robotic field experiment are to understand habitat and seek out life in the Atacama Desert, Chile, as an analog to future missions to Mars. To those ends, we present a new data analysis tool, the LITA Data Scoring System (DSS), which (1) integrates rover and orbital data relevant to environmental habitability and life detection, and (2) provides a standard metric, or “score” to evaluate (a) the potential habitability, and (b) the strength of evidence for life at all locales along the ...

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