1. Western Mass scientists receive $635k from NASA to develop methods to study life beyond...

    Western Mass scientists receive $635k from NASA to develop methods to study life beyond...

    A microbiologist with the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a mineralogist at Mount Holyoke College have received a $635,000 grant from NASA to develop techniques to study evidence of "life beyond Earth," according to UMass. Jim Holden, with UMass, and Darby Dyar at Mount Holyoke, will work together over a three year period, using the funds from the large federal space agency to develop new methods to detect evidence of extraterrestrial life.

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    1. These organisms live at very high temperatures and feed on hydrogen, carbon dioxide, sulfur and iron from the vents.
    2. This funding will help us develop techniques to detect and distinguish the different types of microbial life using remote sensing. The instruments are already on the Mars rovers and will likely be used on future missions to Mars and elsewhere.
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