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Remote Spectral Characterization of Terrestrial Life Forming Environments for Planetary Exploration

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Image of  scientist examining a banded-iron formation in western Australia. Image of NASA logo.

The primary objective of this research is to utilize Earth analogs of planetary environments to improve our understanding of the formation, evolution and preservation of these environments, including their potential to support life, and apply that understanding to search for life elsewhere in the solar system.

Click on the photo (left) to link to: J. K. Crowley and others, 2008, Spectral Diversity of Terrestrial Banded Iron Formations and Associated Rocks: Implications for Mars Remote Sensing (Abstract #1263, 38th LPSC, Houston, TX)

Please visit the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) webpage for details on this NASA project:

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