Lake Bonney in Antarctica
been funded through NASA's ASTEP
Its goals are to:
- further biological research in the terrestrial environments analogous to those found on other planets,
- develop technologies that enable remote searches for, and identification of, life in extreme environments
- perform a systems - level field campaign designed to demonstrate and validate the science and technology in extreme environments on Earth. (Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring the Planets) Program.
Floor of Lake Bonney
an instrumented AUV (Autonomous Underwater
ice-covered Lake Bonney in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica to
test two hypotheses:
The low kinetic energy of the system (diffusion dominates the spatial transport of constituents) produces an ecosystem and ecosystem limits that vary significantly in three dimensions.
The whole - lake physical and biogeochemical structure remains static from year to year.
The AUV will also allow us to:
Produce a detailed 3D map of sub-surface West Lake Bonney.
Produce a detailed 3D map of the sub-surface face of Taylor glacier with high resolution photos mosaiced onto the mesh.
The ENDURANCE AUV is being built by Stone Aerospace in Austin Texas,
and is based off of an earlier vehicle known as DepthX.
ENDURANCE spent a week in February 2008 in Madison Wisconsin being field tested in ice-covered Lake Mendota
ENDURANCE is spending December 2008 deployed in Antarctica.
Electronic Visualization Laboratory
Once the data
collected it will be visualized using a variety
of 2D and 3D high - resolution display technologies at the
Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of