Goddard Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory (Footage)

  • Released Thursday, June 6, 2019

The NASA Goddard Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory is dedicated to the study of organic compounds derived from sample return missions, meteorites, lab simulations of Mars, interstellar, proto-planetary, and cometary ices and dust grains. In addition, the Lab also focuses on instrument development to analyze environments on other worlds.

Like forensic crime shows on television, the Astrobiology Analytical Laboratory employs commercial analytical instruments (such as mass spectrometers and gas chromatographs) to interrogate samples and examine molecules of interest. However, the goal is not to uncover evidence of a crime, but rather to study the origin and evolution of the solar system, and to better understand the habitability of worlds beyond Earth.

The footage on this page is an editor’s resource reel intended for use in finished productions. It is available for download in a variety of formats, including broadcast-quality Apple ProRes.


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