Ex-student Saugata Datta part of NASA Lava Caves study

Saugata Datta, an ex-student from 1988 batch, and Geology professor of Kansas State University at present, is one of the primary investigators of a new NASA study that will use a robotic vehicle to explore and collect data inside caves at Lava Beds National Monument in Northern California. The interiors of lava caves are home to bacterial films and coral-like mineral structures — called mineral biomarkers — that could help identify similar features that would provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on Mars or another planet.

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The Association congratulates Saugata and wishes him all the best in his research.