The Astrobiology Center travels to Antarctica with the 'Wind Sledge'

The Center for Astrobiology participates in the expedition 'Anexida Inexplorada 2018-2019' that will start on December 1st.

The Wind Sledge will carry out the scientific and exploration expedition 'Antarctica Inexplorada 2018-2019, a journey of 2,000 kilometers never before done with this vehicle with a 100% scientific objective. And it is that, this is the third time that the Wind Sled visits the continent (it already did it in 2005 and 2012), but this time it will take on board 10 research projects, including two from the Astrobiology Center (CSIC-INTA) .

In particular, the CAB will perform tests with a MEDA sensor ( Mars Environmetal Dynamics Analyzer ), the environmental station that is developing the center for NASA's next mission to Mars, Mars 2020. Due to the extreme conditions that the instrument will support on the red planet, it is It is essential to test it in a similar environment such as Antarctica, in order to know its response to these conditions. The other instrument of the Astrobiology Center that will be part of 'Uncharted Antarctica' will be SOLID ( Signs Of Life Detector) , an instrument for the detection of life in planetary exploration. The Sledge will carry on board a portable device that includes all the necessary mechanisms for SOLID to work automatically. In this campaign the ice will be sampled, looking for parallels with what can be found on other planets.

The expedition, which will begin on December 1 and will run until February 12, 2019, will travel 2000 kilometers along a triangular route that has not been done before without motorized means or external assistance. Four Spanish expeditionaries with extensive polar experience will be part of 'Unplanned Antarctica': Ramón Larramendi, creator of the Sledge and director of the expedition; Hilo Moreno, guide and assistant at the Spanish Antarctic base Juan Carlos I; Ignacio Oficialdegui, biologist and expert in renewable energies; and Manuel Olivera, industrial engineer. & nbsp;

 

Fuente: UCC-CAB

 

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