Biologic and Resource Analog Investigations in Low Light Environments (BRAILLE)

BRAILLE is a multi-million dollar project funded by the NASA Planetary Science and Technology through Analog Research (PSTAR) program. The project’s missions are to characterize signs of life ( biological or chemical) within the lava tube caves, demonstrate planetary nearsurface operations using the NASA Ames CaveR rover in a planetary mission scenario, and assess the performance of the rover-mounted scientific instruments in low or no light setting to further investigate astrobiology science and mapping. 

The BRAILLE team previously conduct two major high-visibility field campaigns in the summer of 2017 and 2018 at Lava Beds National Monument (LABE) in Northern California. 

During these two field deployments, BRAILLE has integrated science, science operations, and technology to conduct astrobiology-related research in lava tubes (also known as lava caves). 

Follow NASA BRAILLE’s journey to detect life in extreme environments!