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An Astronaut Smart Glove to Explore the Moon, Mars and Beyond

31 October 2019. Mountain View, CA. The NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) and collaborating organizations SETI Institute, Mars Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Collins Aerospace, and Ntention are announcing the successful field test of an “astronaut smart glove” for future human exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond. The smart glove is a prototype for a human-machine interface (HuMI) that would allow astronauts to wirelessly operate a wide array of robotic assets, including drones, via simple single-hand gestures.

Google and NASA Haughton-Mars Project Partner on Moon/Mars Exploration Prep

25 March 2019. Mountain View, CA. The Mars Institute and the SETI Institute are announcing a new partnership between Google and the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) to advance Mars exploration at one of the most otherworldly places on Earth: Devon Island, in the High Arctic. The announcement is accompanied by the release of new Street View imagery; a Google Earth guided tour highlighting the Mars-like geology of Devon Island; and a documentary short captured at HMP on the Google Pixel 3.

NASA's InSight spacecraft has landed on Mars

InSight touched down successfully just before 12pm (PST) on November 26th, 2018. Follow the link to read more about the mission on the official NASA InSight mission website. 

NASA Haughton-Mars Project: New Partnership on Mars Drone Applications Research

14 November 2017. Mountain View, CA. The Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and FYBR Solutions Inc. (FYBR) are announcing a new partnership with the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) for the research and development of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone technologies and applications for future Mars exploration.

Human Exploration of Phobos & Deimos

Pascal Lee gave a talk on "Phobos & Deimos: Science & Exploration Objectives for Humans" at the NASA Exploration Science Forum held at NASA Ames Research Center on 18-20 July 2017.

Mars On Earth article, SETI EXPLORER Magazine

The article touches on the early days of the Haughton-Mars Project on Devon Island in the Arctic, and some lessons learned about Mars. We were first to argue, based on our field work, that Mars' Climate was likely Always Cold, not Warm in the Past as commonly claimed. Read the article on pages 22-25 in the SETI EXPLORER Magazine.

Future Human Road Trips on Mars Unlikely to Contaminate Planet

Humans exploring Mars with pressurized rovers are unlikely to contaminate the planet biologically. So concludes a ground-breaking study by microbiologist Andrew C. Schuerger of the University of Florida and NASA Kennedy Space Center, and planetary scientist Pascal Lee of the Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center. Their finding is reported in this month’s issue of Astrobiology, the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to advancing our understanding of life's origin, evolution, and distribution in the universe.

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