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Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) Devon Island (NASA Ames participation)

Over the years, the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) has given planetary scientists, and other scientists as well as engineers who develop computer programs and robots, an opportunity to work together in a place similar in some ways to a location on Mars.

Media contact:

John Bluck
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: 650-604-5026

Key Mission People
Pascal C Lee, the SETI Institute, Mountain View, Calif., and NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Brian Glass, Drilling Automation for Mars Exploration (DAME) Project, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Related links:

Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) Web site –
March 26, 2007 - In February the Mars Institute undertook its annual trip to the high arctic for talks with local communities and had the opportunity for an aerial survey of the HMP Research Station.

Summer 2007
Mars on Earth 2007 --
The Drilling Automation for Mars Exploration (DAME) project, is developing automation for future Mars (or other planetary) drills. This summer, our fault diagnosis and artificial intelligence software will be run with the Mars-prototype drill.

July 13, 2006
NASA To Test Automated Drilling Rig in Arctic Crater In Mars Analog Mission –
NASA scientists plan to drill someday into the surface of Mars to look for water and signs of possible life. So, scientists are developing an automated, unmanned drill rig that can operate totally on its own, unsupervised for hours at a time.

July 12, 2006
NASA Tests Artificial Intelligence Control for Mars Drill --
Reporters are invited to observe a NASA Mars prototype drill, controlled by artificial intelligence, bore into a crater in the Canadian arctic.

June 19, 2000
HMP-2000 is a NASA-led international field research program centered on the scientific study of the Haughton impact crater and its surroundings, Devon Island, Nunavut, Arctic Canada. "The Haughton-Mars Project provides an opportunity for synergistic studies among team members composed of planetary scientists, geologists, biologists and engineers from information technologies, robotics, human exploration and human factors," said Dr. Kelly Snook, NASA HMP Project Manager at NASA Ames Research Center, in California's Silicon Valley.

For further information about HMP-2000 research, including field activities updates, go to:

(the HMP-2000 website).

Related images:

July 25, 2006
Mars Drill --
A Mars prototype drill was evaluated at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., before shipment to Haughton Crater on Devon Island in Canada's Nunavut Territory north of Ontario and Quebec. The device will bore into permafrost and broken rock in the crater in the Canadian arctic from July 14 to July 29, 2006.