The Planetary Lake Lander (PLL) team, headed by PI Nathalie Cabrol of SETI, is studying the effects of melting glaciers on lakes in the Central Andes. The first goal of the research is to learn about the changes in Earth’s glacial lake ecosystems, but the findings will also be relevant to the study of life on Mars during comparable times in Mars history. In addition, PLL must be operated remotely with limited bandwidth and power; the technologies PLL matures to address these challenges will be relevant to future missions to the seas of Titan.
Two members of IRG are currently at Laguna Negra in Chile with the Planetary Lake Lander team. They’ll post more details about what they’re doing when they get back, but in the meantime you can follow their progress on the Planetary Lake Lander blog.