A sensing technique that the U.S. military currently uses to remotely monitor the air to detect potentially life-threatening chemicals, toxins, and pathogens has inspired a new instrument that could "sniff" for life on Mars and other targets in the solar system -- the Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument, or BILI.
A new instrument developed by NASA could function as “a rover’s sense of smell” to aid the search for alien life. Using lidar, a light-based system like radar, the instrument can detect organic particles that indicate living organisms, and even determine how recently that life may have been present.
Attached to a rover or other robotic device, the instrument could be used to search for organic particles that are recent or from the past.
NASA scientists have partnered with engineers with the U.S. military to build a lidar instrument capable of detecting the signatures of life on Mars.
David Bowie's hit song Life on Mars has never been more relevant--everybody's talking about Mars, making plans to go to Mars...
Imperial Valley News Pressing all envelopes
NASA has announced that they will be setting a great part of its budget towards the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC).
Written by Gina Anderson NASA Headquarters Washington, D.C. - NASA has selected eight technology proposals for investment that have the potential to transf
NASA welcomed eight seemingly sci-fi movie plots for the phase I program of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts or NIAC.
Most of the proposals are at least a decade away, NASA says.
The eight technology projects are part of Nasa's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program, with each receiving as much as $500,000 for a two-year study.
NASA has chosen to inject new investments in eight space-exploration technologies with transformational potential. The projects include a habitat enabling long-term sleep for astronauts and directed energy for interstellar missions.
A self-assembling space habitat, a deep sleep chamber to shuttle astronauts on long journeys, and a protective magnetic force field are the latest projects NASA is embarking on.
NASA is setting aside money to fund the most ambitious and odd-but-interesting projects that made it through NIAC's first phase. NIAC or NASA Innovative Advance...
NASA, long known for its insatiable appetite for innovation has decided to invest in new projects, including building growable habitats and deep sleep chambers for astronauts on Mars. NASA seeks to challenge the impossible and “change the possible.”