The primary purpose of this expedition was to assist with teaching high school science teachers how scientists search for life on other planets.  Within this context, I provided instruction and demonstrations as we collected a combination of ground-based temperature data and thermal images, and used a hot air balloon platform (with thermal imaging camera) in a predictive capacity to search for cave entrances.  This project was funded by NASA’s Spaceward Bound Program and the USGS.

 

Popular Press

NASA Astrobiology Magazine, Exploring Caves from 30 Feet in the Air (30 April 2007). Web Media.

Astrobiology Magazine, Caves on Mars (04 April 2007). Web Media.