archive: SETI RE: Life in Extreme Environments

SETI RE: Life in Extreme Environments

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Wed, 30 Dec 1998 08:22:32 -0500

>Sender: europa@occult.mit.edu
>Reply-To: europa@occult.mit.edu
>Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 14:12:05 +1100
>From: "Clements, Robert" <Robert.Clements@dva.gov.au>
>To: Multiple recipients of europa <europa@occult.mit.edu>
>Subject: RE: Life in Extreme Environments
>
>Though not directly related to Europa, the documentary _Caveman,
>Spaceman_ is interesting in this context; & can be recommended to anyone
>with access to the National Geographic channel. The documentary features
>Chris McKay & Larry Lemke from AMES amongst other cavemen, spacemen (&
>-women); & counterpoints cave explorations for chemicosynthetic
>lifeforms with NASA's plans for Martian astrobiology research. The
>documentary also includes a short animation of Lemke's _MAGE_ robotic
>aeroplane concept, which (regrettably) failed to make it onto the
>shortlist for Discovery AO98....
>
>All the best,
>
>
>Robert Clements <clemensr@world.net>
><http://www.ausnet.net.au/~clemensr/welcome.htm>
>
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>Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 15:20:28 -0500
>From: Larry Klaes <lklaes@bbn.com>
>Subject: Life in Extreme Environments
>
>http://web.fie.com/htdoc/usoa/nsf/any/any/proc/any/nsf9943.htm
>
>Announcement of Opportunity and
>Special Competition for FY 1999
>
>DEADLINE DATE: March 5, 1999
>
>NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
>NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
>
>Introduction
>
>Life flourishes on Earth in an incredibly wide range of environments,
>from high-salt deserts to volcanoes to polar ice. These environments may
>be analogous to the harsh conditions that exist now, or have existed, on
>other planets. The study of microbial life forms and the extreme
>environments in which they exist here on Earth can provide important new
>insights into how organisms form and adapt to diverse environments. This
>knowledge will provide the basis for detecting and understanding the
>life forms that may exist beyond our own planet, and for developing
>useful new products and processes.
>
>The Directorates for Biological Sciences (BIO), Engineering (ENG),
>Geosciences (GEO), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and the
>Office of Polar Programs (OPP) of the National Science Foundation (NSF)
>announce an opportunity to enhance knowledge about "Life in Extreme
>Environments" (LExEn) through highly interdisciplinary, integrated
>research activities. Two new areas of emphasis are added to the fiscal
>year 1999 competition: a particular focus is placed upon the development
>of methods and capabilities to facilitate LExEn research. Secondly, a
>new effort in cooperation with the National Aeronautic and Space
>Administration (NASA) is described to begin long term studies over
>decadal time scales at representative examples of significant extreme
>environments.
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