NASA scientists to mix biology and geology inside Hawaii volcano

NASA scientists to mix biology and geology inside Hawaii volcano

As part of their preparations for a manned mission to Mars, NASA scientists will soon start hiking around Mauna Ulu in Hawaii to practice collecting rock and other samples as they would on the Red Planet.

Managers for the space agency’s Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) mission announced that scientists will be mix biology and geology inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park later this month.

It may be noted here that the BASALT mission is responsible for testing technologies for future manned missions to the Red Planet. Once the new mission starts, the scientists will develop new protocols for collecting and protecting biological samples.

John Hamilton, an astronomer at the Hilo-based University of Hawaii, said, “Really, the whole reason of going to Mars is to see if there’s life there. There’s a lot of great geology. But are we alone?”

Hamilton added that one of the many concerns is contamination of rocks that could be home to living bacteria.

The U.S. space agency selected the site along with the Snake River plain in Idaho because they both host volcanic terrain similar to that of the Red Planet.

User login

You May Have Missed...

With Paris Agreement, world moves closer to tackle climate change
Sun, 11/06/2016 - 06:18

With the landmark Paris Agreement’s adoption and implementation last Friday, the world has moved a step closer to tackle the root cause of global...

Nigeria Update

Fresh Polio Cases lead to WHO Travel Restrictions on Pakistan and Syria
Tue, 05/06/2014 - 00:45

World Health Organization has slapped international travel restrictions on Pakistan, Cameroon...

Economy Watch

US Import Prices decline in April
Thu, 05/14/2015 - 01:13

For a straight 10th month, US import prices declined in April. The decline could be due to the...

Health Tonight

Cranberry products can’t cure UTIs: new research reveals
Sat, 10/29/2016 - 08:51

Once-promising cranberry cures are not as efficient in preventing or curing chronic urinary...

Science Tonight

NASA trying to keep part of its giant telescope secret
Fri, 11/04/2016 - 05:33

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) is apparently trying to keep a part...

UK News

Mobileye and Delphi team up to develop low-cost self-driving vehicle system
Wed, 08/24/2016 - 10:55

In an announcement made on Tuesday, two leading auto-parts suppliers – Israel-based Mobileye NV...


Sat, 01/17/2015 - 06:04

Aetna inc., health care company, on Friday announced that it has signed a deal with Gilead...

US News

NASA aims to use new tool to ‘sniff out’ life on Mars
Thu, 11/03/2016 - 06:19

A new sensing technique developed by the U.S. military is expected to eventually help scientist...

Technology Tonight

Uber announces complete overhaul of its app
Thu, 11/03/2016 - 08:15

On Tuesday, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced a major redesign of the Uber app, revealing that...