NASA Facts: Mars Analog Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE)
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/research/factsheets/FS-100103.1ARC.html

Carol Stoker, NASA Ames Public Affairs Office


This web site provides a brief summary and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Mars Analog Research and Technology Experiment (MARTE). MARTE uses the search for life in the subsurface of the Rio Tinto as a learning experience for guiding the development of technology for drilling, sample handling and instrumentation to be used in the eventual search for subsurface life on Mars. Sample questions address why NASA is looking to the subsurface of Mars for evidence of life, why Rio Tinto is a good analog for Mars, and how the Rio Tinto experiment will help in the exploration of Mars. A link to a related NASA robotics lecture course is included.

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Subject: Biology, :Astrobiology, Microbiology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Field Methods
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work
Grade Level: General Public, College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Acidic, Altered by Humans
Topics: Biosphere:Astrobiology, Microbiology, Ecology, Methods of Microbiology:Field Methods