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Life in the Atacama
Head: David Wettergreen
Contact: David Wettergreen
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Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Associated center(s) / consortia:
 Field Robotics Center (FRC)
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This page last updated - September 2011.
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Zoë Returns To Atacama On NASA Mission To Search for Subsurface Life
June 11, 2013. The autonomous, solar-powered Zoë, which became the first robot to map microbial life during a 2005 field expedition in Chile’s Atacama Desert, is heading back to the world’s driest desert this month on a NASA astrobiology mission led by Carnegie Mellon University and the SETI Institute. This time, Zoë is equipped with a one-meter drill to search for subsurface life.
Robotics Institute Alum Helps NASA Make Rovers Smarter
March 31, 2010. David Thompson, who earned his PhD in Robotics in 2008, was part of a team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that developed software enabling the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity to make some decisions about which rocks to study.
Science on the Fly
The next generation of rovers will conduct autonomous science surveys and adapt their investigation on the fly.
March 31, 2010 - Length: 3:12