Dr. Joshua Sebree, Assistant Professor of Astrochemistry and Astrobiology from University of Northern Iowa (UNI), has been awarded a partnership Development Travel Grant (PDTG) through the Iowa NASA EPSCoR (INE) program. His submitted proposal, “Astroscience Analog Studies in Coldwater Cave,” will work to bring together NASA scientists and a multidisciplinary team from UNI to assess the viability of Coldwater Cave, located in northeast Iowa, to serve as a model for both the astrochemistry/astrobiology of extraterrestrial caves and the impacts on humans working in those caves for extended periods of time. View the UNI team on their first journey in the Coldwater Cave with support from INE PDTG funding.
Dr. Sebree and his team at UNI have created a collaboration with scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for this project. This research and its collaborative efforts will help to further NASA missions to “understand the content, origin and evolution of the solar system and the potential for life elsewhere”, “discover the secrets of the universe, search for life elsewhere, and protect and improve life on Earth and in space”, “to improve the knowledge of environmental requirements for habitability”.
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