2 items with the tag “astrobiology

  • Infrared Detections of Hypervolatiles in Distant Comets - Implications for Chemical Taxonomy
    NAI 2013 NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Annual Report

    Most IR taxonomic databases of comets concentrate on objects at heliocentric distances within 2 AU, where water (the main volatile species in comets) is active. In 2012, we found that we could quantify hypervolatiles (such as carbon monoxide and methane) using infrared facilities in comets at distances even beyond Jupiter, where water ice cannot sublime efficiently. This project has focused on a new approach to understand the activity of distant comets using infrared facilities, as well as on the role of hypervolatiles in the onset of activity and the implications for current taxonomic databases of primary volatiles.

    ROADMAP OBJECTIVES: 1.1 3.1 3.2 7.1
  • Life on the Edge: Astrobiology Summer Learning Program
    NAI 2013 Georgia Institute of Technology Annual Report

    The Ribo Evo Center changed their focus this year and hosted 10 high school students and undergraduates in research labs over the summer. These students prepared posters and presented them at the 2013 so Max meeting in Atlanta. Currently, RiboEvo members are mentoring this cohort of high school students for their local science fair.