Expedition One investigates
LIFE IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS
October 18-21, 2000

 

 

1a: THE QUESTION AND THE TEAM

BACKGROUND: In the past few years scientists have discovered single-cell creatures living in environments previously assumed to be sterile - in highly acidic hot spring water above the boiling point, for example, or in water below the freezing point deep under the Antarctic ice cap.

THE EXPEDITION'S DRIVING QUESTION: Given that scientists are finding life in these extremes, where do you think the absolute limits for life actually are? Put in practical terms, if you were in charge of looking for life in our solar system, where would you look first? Where would you look last? Why?

Base Camp Earth assembled a team to look at this question. Four high school students and a teacher came to Montana State University to spend three days investigating life in extreme environments.

MORE: Meet the Team