NASA announced that it recently granted a financial support for a novel interdisciplinary project. The recent project named Laboratory for Agnostic Biosignatures (LAB) has achieved to grab a total of almost $7 Million. This grant is supposed to be employed for the development of novel, non-Earth like life discovery approaches for use on Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn’s icy moons.
Dr. Sarah Stewart Johnson, Principal Investigator, Georgetown University, stated that the aim of the research team is to surpass what is presently known and find out novel methods to discover forms of life that hardly can be imagined. The investigators’ team will set the basis for characterizing probable signs of life, or biosignatures, which do not pre-assume any distinct molecular framework, as well as design techniques for their discovery and tactics for the interpretation of the same. Dr. Heather Graham, Deputy Principal Investigator, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA, proclaimed that the research team is working to change the techniques to measure signs of life in and outside of our solar system.
On a similar note, NASA came into the news as it announced that it is in search of associates for making its shipments to a likely lunar space station, which is approximately 240,000 Miles away. Last week, the space agency initiated a requisition that asked companies to think what they would need to deliver cargo. Reportedly, the U.S. companies were given a time boundary of up to November 2, 2018, to submit their participation for the same.
Currently, NASA is crafting its Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway. The space station is designed to track the moon and host astronauts initially in the mid-2020s. However, the design work is commencing now, to make certain that the space agency is all set and business partners for the same are available. Presently, NASA is in search of firms that would transport both pressurized and unpressurized cargo.