archive: SETI RE: Life in Extreme Environments

SETI RE: Life in Extreme Environments

Larry Klaes ( )
Wed, 30 Dec 1998 08:22:32 -0500

>Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 14:12:05 +1100
>From: "Clements, Robert" <>
>To: Multiple recipients of europa <>
>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 <>
>Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 15:20:28 -0500
>From: Larry Klaes <>
>Subject: Life in Extreme Environments
>Announcement of Opportunity and
>Special Competition for FY 1999
>DEADLINE DATE: March 5, 1999
>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
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