The Planetary Lake Lander project will design and test exploration strategies relevant to the future exploration of Titan, as well as understanding of the astrobiological principles that are shaping the future of life on Earth, and have shaped it in the past on our planet, and also possibly on Mars.
In the Andes, things are happening fast. Ice is melting, new lakes are forming, others are disappearing all at an accelerated rate that doesn't happen everywhere on earth.
And then there's the radiation. At high altitude, more radiation reaches the lakes and affects the lives of the critters that live in them, kind of like what might have happened on Mars about 3.5 billion years ago.
So if you're trying to train a robot to look for the origins of life in extreme environments, the High Lakes of the Andes are a great place to work. We'll start posting from there next week, on the official PLL Site.
Thanks Bill from A