The Spaceward Bound Program is an educational program developed at NASA Ames Research Center. This brings astrobiologists, scientists and students together to a remote, extreme environment to explore and understand how microbial communities sustain themselves in such biospheres. Earlier expeditions have been to Mohave Desert, Idaho, North Dakota, Australia, New Zealand, Polar regions. For the 2016 edition, we have decided to visit Ladakh, India.
Ladakh offers a cold, high altitude (3500m-5500m above sea level), high UV exposed, dry ecosystem with Mars analogue topological features that tell us heaps about the origin and evolution of our planet's topological features and also about how life has adapted itself to sustain itself in such harsh conditions. Astrobio/geoscientsts would find high passes, permafrost regions, glaciers, hot springs, shallow and paleo lakes and some of the best high altitude night skies to conduct various types of experiments to help us answer some of the most fundamental questions about 'life'.
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I am Dr. Himangshu Raj. I have graduated in Veterinary Science and Masters in Bioinformatics. Currently pursuing PhD in Animal in vitro fertilization and cryopreservation from Gauhati University. My…Continue